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6 Olympic athletes positive for CERA

28 Apr 2009 19:24

Please is it too much to hope for that none are cyclists for a change. Let some other sports clean house.




IOC reports 6 Olympic athletes positive for CERA



By STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson, Ap Sports Writer – 20 mins ago

LONDON – The IOC's pursuit of drug cheats from the Beijing Olympics paid off Tuesday with confirmation that six athletes turned up positive for a new blood-boosting substance in retests of samples from last year's games.

The International Olympic Committee said a total of seven positive tests involving six athletes came back positive for CERA, an advanced version of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO.

The IOC did not name the athletes or sports involved, saying it was notifying the athletes through their national Olympic committees. The Italian Olympic Committee said one of the positive samples belonged to one of its male athletes.
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28 Apr 2009 19:27

Jeez here we go again :(

... and I guess it's good the cheats get caught even if the process is so depressing.
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28 Apr 2009 19:29

And rebellin should be one of them, according to some italian media...
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28 Apr 2009 19:34

Yeah read it too, Rebellin is caught in Bejing.
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28 Apr 2009 19:38

Bartoli wrote:Yeah read it too, Rebellin is caught in Bejing.


Link? Just curious...
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28 Apr 2009 19:39

Is this 6 athletes from any sport in the olympics ? So maybe it is not cyclists, although from posts here looks like one was :S If it is Rebellin what happens about his results after the olympics? Do they get written off because he should have been banned or what. Anyway I hope they are not cyclists and some other sportsmen
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28 Apr 2009 19:40

ROME (AP) — An Italian news agency says Olympic cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin is one of six athletes who turned up positive for doping in the retesting of samples from the Beijing Games.
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28 Apr 2009 19:45

krebs303 wrote:ROME (AP) — An Italian news agency says Olympic cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin is one of six athletes who turned up positive for doping in the retesting of samples from the Beijing Games.



You're right !

http://www.gazzetta.it/Sport_Vari/Altri_Sport/Olimpiadi/Primo_Piano/2009/04/28/doping.shtml
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28 Apr 2009 19:47

Tin Tin canned.:(
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28 Apr 2009 19:54

Eventhough the positives could come from any sport the fact is that CERA wouldn't be a helpful drug to use in 90% of olympic sports. There aren't that many endurance sports in the olympics compared to more strength or speed based sports.

Other than road racing there is also MTB, and possibly BMX. Other than that there is long distance running, triathlon and perhaps also Modern Pentathlon but that last one would be a longshot.

Even sports like rowing and canoeing would be more less likely since they are more about strength and lactic acid tolerance than pure O2 endurance.
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28 Apr 2009 20:00

You would have to be a complete IDIOT to use Cera at the Olympics... after all the positives in the Tour. I dont believe this! "You would have to have an IQ below room temp," as **** Pound would say.

They microdose the epo so their autologous blood doping will not show up (low rectics.)

Thing is.... makes NO SENSE to use it unless a complete idiot... Unless they were trying to dope on their own with no help or support. Animal based EPO produced from hamsters and such is all detectable. Dynepo (human identical) will even show a non-negative but WADA cannot legally deem it in public as a positive.

It is possible now to just blood dope though (by storing the blood in a preserving solution that keeps the baby red cells alive.)
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28 Apr 2009 20:00

:(
Another kick in the teeth for cycling fans.
After being over the moon last week to see Rebellin perform so well in the Ardennes, I had to read this:mad:.
When will it end?
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28 Apr 2009 20:00

Does this mean Cancellara gets Silver and Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation) gets bronze!

What a mess! :(
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28 Apr 2009 20:01

There were 7 positives from 6 riders which means that one person tested positive twice. If we do look at the possible cyclists then there is really only one person that did well twice and would have been tested twice. That would be Cancellara.

Other athletes that did well and was probably tested twice was Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba who both won the 5000m and 10000m races. Also Jared Tallent from the 20k and 50k walk event.

Those are the double medalists in obvious endurance sports I could find. There could of course be non medalists as well though.
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28 Apr 2009 20:02

BigBoat wrote:You would have to be a complete IDIOT to use Cera at the Olympics... "You would have to have an IQ below room temp," as **** Pound would say.

They microdose the epo so their autologous blood doping will not show up (low rectics.)

Thing is.... makes NO SENSE to use it unless a complete idiot... Unless they were trying to dope on their own with no help or support. Animal based EPO from hamsters and such is all detectable. Dynepo (human identical) will even show a non-negative but WADA cannot legally deem it in public as a positive.


You would have to be an even bigger idiot to do it after the positives at the Tour and GIRO.
Rebellin? After Sella, Ricco, Piepoli? He was pointing to his head when he won Fleche last week.
I just hope the Italian press got it wrong with the names.
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28 Apr 2009 20:04

ingsve wrote:There were 7 positives from 6 riders which means that one person tested positive twice. If we do look at the possible cyclists then there is really only one person that did well twice and would have been tested twice. That would be Cancellara.

Other athletes that did well and was probably tested twice was Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba who both won the 5000m and 10000m races. Also Jared Tallent from the 20k and 50k walk event.

Those are the double medalists in obvious endurance sports I could find. There could of course be non medalists as well though.


Good pick on Canc. He has also been in hiding. Maybe he knew ?
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28 Apr 2009 20:04

Apparently they focussed on testing rowing, swimming, athletics and cycling - there were seven positive tests involving 6 athletes... so someone was tested positive twice!
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28 Apr 2009 20:08

Remember last year after the positives at the Giro and Tour there was talk of dropping cycling as an olympic sport?
Wonder will there even be a discussion now?:(
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28 Apr 2009 20:08

Ouch! That's a big fish to have been caught :confused:

Man it took long enough though... guess they verified it several times before stating it was so. So what is next? Ban? There needs to be an interrogation, and hopefully the pushers are next in line. Just one note: if a tainted Tylenol bottle can be traced back to its batch number why can't a super expensive Cancer Treatment drug be traced back to its origin? or Path of distribution? We all know why but if the corresponding government drug authorities (USDA in the US?) do some due diligence some doctors and pharmaceuticals will need to start explaining their drugs getting in the wrong hands. G.D. the pusher, G.D. the pushers!

I just hope the rest of the positives are from the ribbon waving competition, they need to be doped to do that stuff :D
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28 Apr 2009 20:09

ingsve wrote:There were 7 positives from 6 riders which means that one person tested positive twice. If we do look at the possible cyclists then there is really only one person that did well twice and would have been tested twice. That would be Cancellara.

Other athletes that did well and was probably tested twice was Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba who both won the 5000m and 10000m races. Also Jared Tallent from the 20k and 50k walk event.

Those are the double medalists in obvious endurance sports I could find. There could of course be non medalists as well though.


Bit of a leap....random testing also occurred, etc. Any number of athletes could have popped twice. To assume that it is Cancellera is a bit of a stretch at this point....The report did not say "Olympic medalists", just "athletes."


Not saying it is not possible...nothing would surprise me anymore. I am just waiting for some evidence before I start tossing people under the bus.
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