Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thu, Apr 12

The arbitration panel in Floyd Landis' doping case, has made public its first final arbitration decision. Michael Hiltzik at the LA Times paints a rather negative picture about the two rulings made against Floyd Landis:

1. Request for depositions of witnesses was rejected
2. Request to prohibit testing of seven 2006Tdf B samples could not be granted

On the other hand, Landis will have the opportunity for cross-examination of lab technicians that are USADA's witnesses. As for the proposed testing of B samples at LNDD (yes, no typo, it is LNDD), the samples are property of the UCI, and unless for declaring an AAF, they can use results from the analysis for other reasons. The panel declared that they may allow the findings as evidence.

I'm wondering now what could come out of testing the B samples at LNDD. The 7 A samples all have tested negative, so if the B samples are negative, then no surprises here. If the B samples test positive, this means that LNDD screwed up analyzing either the A samples or the B samples. Which results should be trusted? How much time and effort would it take for an investigation in order to find out whether result A or B is the correct one? I believe that USADA's request for more B sample testing has the same reasons as asking from Landis "a large volume of medical records as well as financial records of his legal defense fund, including the names of all donors of more than $250." ... make him bleed more. Christopher Campbell, Landis's representation in the arbitration panel, has therefore rightfully expressed his partial dissent on the rulings; rulings, which I doubt though will have a major impact on the outcome of the hearing.

For more comprehensive coverage, check out TBV.

32 days to go until May 14; expect more suspense until then.

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