According to AFP, Olympic 400 meter hurdles bronze medalist Naman Keita tested positive for testosterone in Osaka. They say Lamine Diack mentioned on the last day of the WCh that there was one positive test, but did not give the name. French federation hasn't commented so far. B sample yet to be tested.
Phew! This confirms story I heard on plane on way back yesterday; I was worried it might turn out to be somebody significant. (nobody in particular; just live in eternal fear of the day the second BALCO scandal hits the fan)
In theory it's not unlimited, and if the athlete truly believes in his/her innocence, then it behooves them (and it's "always" teh athlete side that tends to drag it out) to getit done right away, because their earning power goes away while they're in limbo.
<<“I made a huge error,” Keita admitted. “July was a catastrophic month for me in terms of performances and after the French Championships I was suffering a little in my stomach. I was advised a dietary supplement to help the muscle regenerate and I ordered it off the internet. It wasn’t my coach, nor my agent, nor anyone from the Federation who suggested doing it. The mistake I made myself”.>>
Can't give you chapter & verse, but there have certainly been instances where athletes and their reps have been ready to go and the governing body (not nec. WADA) hasn't had personnel in place. It remains a 2-way street.
IAAF confirms his positive as part of story now on front page about zero positives at WC
<<As already noted, one athlete, Mr. Naman Keita (FRA), tested positive for exogenous administration of testosterone or its metabolites following out-of-competition testing during a team training camp in Japan. This result has been confirmed by the B sample, and the case will now be dealt with in accordance with IAAF rules and results management procedures.>>
gh wrote:Can't give you chapter & verse, but there have certainly been instances where athletes and their reps have been ready to go and the governing body (not nec. WADA) hasn't had personnel in place. It remains a 2-way street.
I thought the other key party was the lab, not WADA or the governing body.
peach wrote:Whether it's a true excuse or not, doesn't it make a refreshing change to have an athlete just put their hands up and say "ok, I accept it, I was at fault..."
Completely agree. When an athlete actually does this I tend to believe their story as well. If I tested +ive for PED's I'd be so embarrassed I'd fess up straight away. I almost hate the lying more than the cheating.