Thursday, January 18, 2007

Clever Germans avoiding doping control

It's all a matter of perspective, right? CN's Susan Westemeyer reports that German ARD TV reported that in about 9% of all scheduled / planned but unannounced doping tests, athletes from various sports have successfully evaded the doping control. The National ADA claims to be powerless against a few athletes because they "regularly outwit the controllers". Dick Pound is very mellow and just "very surprised":

"I thought that the German anti-doping program was first class.

I'm curious whether this is an isolated issue, or rather more common. Also, are certain sports more prone to hide-and-seek playing athletes ? Apparently, there was no real follow-up on sanctions by the respective sports federations, so the incentive is high to ditch the guys waiting at the front door. You could also argue that therefore the minimum doping rate is 9%. Otherwise, why run if you're clean ?

1 comment:

dan said...


Given the controversial nature of the anti-doping tests and at least some of the organizations who administer them, I can't blame people for trying to avoid dealing with those people. But running from the tests presents its own problem ... miss too many and you'll still suffer a ban.

I'd have a hard time believing that 9% of German athletes (or athletes in any country) are guilty of doping. That just seems like too many.

- Rant