He is suspended for four years, but he has an additional two years lost because of samples contributing to the conclusion of doping. So in effect he is getting six years, retrospective plus prospective. If I understand this passage correctly--and maybe I don't--they are not sanctioning him just from the date of collection of a sample that is significantly different from the baseline, but from the date of collection of samples that were used to construct the baseline? Doesn't make sense.Fretta’s four-year period of ineligibility began on June 11, 2012, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the violation, Fretta has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to August 18, 2010, the date USADA collected the first blood sample that was included in Fretta’s individual longitudinal blood profile.
What's to stop a committed doper lining up an excuse like this in advance just in case he gets caught?BroDeal said:He had a warning for ephedrine three years ago.