Tell me... SO WHAT if the substance is found to be a banned drug? That proves that she had a banned drug in her car that she wasn't driving, not that she used a banned drug, or even that she was in posession of a banned drug. If she doesn't test positive or admit to use (which she's obviously not going to), what can anybody do about it?
The fact that Jos Hermens - who also manages Geb among others - is trying to do damage control adds to the stink. Some guys joke that only white males are subjected to true, year round random drug testing. Maybe their jokes aren't far off.
I think he's referring to the fact that someone with Hermen's rep. is the one who turns out to be managing her, and is backpedalling like mad. Whether his rep is deserved or not, I'll leave that to another thread. But I've heard all the stories.
This story, like any story that throws suspicion of drug use on an athlete, saddens me. Because lack of conclusive proof of drug use does not prove innocence, once an athlete is suspected it casts an inescapable shadow over his/her career. Whether or not the drugs actually are Szabo's and whether or not their use has enhanced her past performances, everything she has done and everything she does do on the track will now be suspect. A frustrating reality for both the athlete and the fan.
More from the BBC. It appears that Szabo grassed on a 10k runner, Mihaela Botezan. Very odd and sad. Still, I can't understand why the IOC says this stuff is no longer considered as performance enhancing yet is still on the banned list. Can anyone shed any light on that statement? Since discovering this site last week my production at work has fallen 50%! I hope the T&FN guys realise how lucky they are that this is work for them!
>I think he's referring to the fact that someone
>with Hermen's rep. is the one who turns out to be
>managing her, and is backpedalling like mad.
>Whether his rep is deserved or not, I'll leave
>that to another thread. But I've heard all the
Stories are for the letsrun board; let's keep this one for facts. Please?
Just let her off , there was no intent here. She had nothing in her system, did not fail a test. If her Federation reaches the same conclusion as the USOC , Carl Lewis case, which was no intent , than that's the end of the story. Other countries should adopt the USA style of protecting athletes.
oh come now, without needing to name names, there are still countries where not only is the federation complicit in a doping program, but the government itself has it as a national policy. We didn't move to a new planet when the Berlin Wall fell.
The UK does not "protect" it's athletes, they've been doing random year-round testing for years. No clue what calf serum is, probably something to make them grow faster and leaner would be my guess. I think athletes are still ahead of the testers though, wonder who was sitting around thinking, "hmmmm...calf serum, think I'll try some of that"!
No athlete with any sense drives a car carrying banned substances across France. Numerous Tour de France competitors have discovered that. It's sensible to get someone else to do it then when the police search the car it's nothing to do with the athlete. But the gendarmerie seem to be eager to announce their results. Strange
Even if she is completely blameless, it is a sad state of affairs in the sport when these drugs are at such a saturation point that they are floating around and ending up in cars, hotel rooms, toothpaste tubes and the like.