Friday, January 20, 2012

WADA International Testing Standards

These are the rules that are to be applied regardless of the Sport being scrutinised !

" International Standard for Testing"

"World Anti-Doping Code International Standard for Testing is a mandatory International Standard (Level 2) developed as part of the World Anti-Doping Program."

Some excerpts from the WADA's International Standard for Testing:
Random Selection: Selection of Athletes for Testing which is not Target Testing. Random Selection may be: completely random (where no pre-determined criteria are considered, and Athletes are chosen arbitrarily from a list or pool of Athlete names); or weighted (where Athletes are ranked using pre-determined criteria in order to increase or decrease the chances of selection)...
Target Testing: Selection of Athletes for Testing where specific Athletes or groups of Athletes are selected on a non-random basis for Testing at a specified time...

4.3.9 The ADO [Anti-Doping Organization] shall ensure that the timing of Testing is planned to ensure optimum deterrence and detection of doping practices...

4.4.2 ADOs shall ensure that a significant amount of Testing undertaken pursuant to the Test Distribution Plan is Target Testing, based on the intelligent assessment of the risks of doping and the most effective use of resources to ensure optimum detection and deterrence. The factors that will be relevant to determining who should be made the subject of Target Testing will vary as between different sports, but could include (without limitation) some or all of the following factors:

a) Abnormal biological parameters (blood parameters, steroid profiles, etc);
b) Injury;
c) Withdrawal or absence from expected Competition;
d) Going into or coming out of retirement;
e) Behaviour indicating doping;
f) Sudden major improvements in performance;
g) Repeated failure to provide Whereabouts Filings;
h) Whereabouts Filings that may indicate a potential increase in the risk of doping, including moving to a remote location;
i) Athlete sport performance history;
j) Athlete age, e.g. approaching retirement, move from junior to senior level;
k) Athlete test history;
l) Athlete reinstatement after a period of Ineligibility;
m) Financial incentives for improved performance, such as prize money or sponsorship opportunities;
n) Athlete association with a third party such as coach or doctor with a history of involvement in doping; and o) Reliable information from a third party.

4.4.3 Testing which is not Target Testing shall be determined by Random Selection, which shall be conducted using a documented system for such selection. Random Selection which is weighted shall be conducted according to clear criteria and may take into account the factors listed in Clause 4.4.2 (as applicable) in order to ensure that a greater percentage of ‘at risk’ Athletes is selected.

One wonders how many Sports observe theses rules correctly ?

Friday, January 13, 2012

OH DEAR PAT ! What have you done this time ?

Controversial President Pat of the UCI told to resign by Rolf Aldag !

Now that Rolf has other fish to fry he is letting people know of his thoughts on the “ Rotten state “ of Cycling ! Managing the most successful team in the Sport last season would have put him in the box seat to observe the goings on in the sport which us , the fans , can only speculate about .

German newspaper item runs :

whilst to avoid controversy the CyclingNews website suspended the English language version of the article . Having reviewed the content of this controversial item , the MD of Cyclingnews allowed it to appear with additions :

Forum members of Cyclingnews are having a field day and no doubt there is still a lot of mileage to run in this story ?

Some of the content relating to the German Newspaper article :

"And finally in an interview to a German publication Carpani said the 'donation' was not until 2007.

UCI-Sprecher Enrico Carpani antwortete auf SZ-Anfrage: "Im Mai 2002 spendete Armstrong einen 25.000-Dollar-Scheck. Damit wurden Dopingtests in Juniorenrennen finanziert. 2005 beschloss Armstrong nach seinem Rücktritt eine weitere Spende an die UCI von 100.000 Dollar, die UCI benötigte eine Sysmex-Maschine. Wir bekamen die Spende erst im Januar 2007 - für die Gründe der Verspätung müssen sie Mr. Armstrong fragen." Carpani schließt, dies sei "das allerletzte Mal, dass wir uns zu der Sache äußern, wir haben alles gesagt". Hat die UCI das wirklich?

UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said on SZ-Request: In May 2002, gave Armstrong a 25,000-dollar check. "To have drug testing junior race financed needed. 2005 decided to Armstrong after his resignation a further donation to the UCI of $ 100,000, the UCI . a Sysmex machine we received the donation in January 2007 - for the reasons of the delay they have to ask Mr. Armstrong." Carpani concludes that this was the very last time that we give our opinion on the matter, we have said everything". If the UCI really?

As to the receipt - was that the time McQuaid produced the receipt from the 'confidential file' and would not allow a photograph be taken? If it was a different time, when was the receipt dated, how much was on it, who was paid?

And why did they not put that information on the UCI website as Pat said he would:

" We've contacted in recent days the labs involved for testing for EPO at that time. I have statement here from those labs that support what I am about to say. The letters will also soon be published on the UCI website in a sign of transparency."

Monday, January 9, 2012


CANCEL YOUR “ FRIEND ” status with me on Facebook IMMEDIATELY ! Once again I am being treated to a suspension ! This time though I have only added “Friend requests ” recently , it appears that there is a rogue element out there intent on causing me a problem !

AS OF NOW I AM UNAVAILABLE ON FACEBOOK and anyone that contacts me will show up on my email and thus I will be complaining to face book about each and every email that I receive !

FACT IS I DO NOT WISH TO USE FACEBOOK EVER AGAIN ! That I am being treated this way when I am being canvassed by others is beyond acceptable !

As regards my primary goal of helping others , I think I will have to stop !

Anyone of my personal friends who wish to make contact they should email on !

Any that are listed on face book as “ friends ” should register on !