BBC journalist exposed in 2015 how easy it was to beat EPO tests

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  1. 20falarVerdades

    20falarVerdades Red Belt

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-32983932

    cliffs:

    - BBC Journalist, who happens to be a cyclist, injects himself with EPO(bought online from a chinese website) for 14 weeks
    - Sends 14 samples to an anonymous, accredited World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) scientist with access to the blood passport software
    - Passes all tests

    I was now into week 11, the "washout" phase. I was still training but I had stopped taking EPO.

    This is the point that real cheats should be most worried because the body wants to reset its blood values to normal, which, if it happens too quickly, can cause a spike in the OFF score, or a dip in the reticulocyte count.

    That can trigger a red flag in the biological passport.

    I had my blood samples taken as normal, always trying to stay as close to Wada's rules about the samples being analysed within 36 hours.

    I sent away 14 samples taken over 14 weeks to my confidential anti-doping source, and these numbers were run through the passport software.

    Even though I was half-expecting it, I was still shocked when the result came through. I had passed.

    Despite taking EPO for seven weeks, seeing steady rises in my haemoglobin and haematocrit counts, and gaining a significant performance benefit, I was clean.


    I am not able to publish the results because I need to protect my source, and I also do not want to reveal anything that could help others cheat, so I went back to Professor Lundby who helped interpret them for me.

    He said he could see "traces" of what I had done but "not of a sufficient magnitude to elicit an adverse analytical finding" in the passport.

    "There is no evidence that you have injected yourself with EPO," said Lundby.

    "If you were an athlete, you would have gotten away with it."


    You are only getting caught if you screw up like TJ. Fact is, EPO runs rampant in MMA and it is not that difficult to get and pass drug tests
     
  2. UsernameLOL

    UsernameLOL Blue Belt

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    Well there goes the “trace amounts” argument.

    Trace amounts may not be enough to incriminate someone but they are definitely not indicative of someone not using

    Good post my man.
     
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    Dawg do you realize how long ago 2015 was? After GSP put the steroid epidemic on blast, and they were forced to bring in USADA, there was a huge wave of people getting caught. Signifying shit has changed.

    Also, when they drug test you these days (prob dating back to at least 2016), they physically stand there and watch you piss. You're not sending no cups of piss in the mail.
     
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    Buff Trash Belt Degenerate

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    It's just another reason why they should just get rid of USADA altogether...

    It was an experiment. It didn't work. Let it go.
     
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  5. 20falarVerdades

    20falarVerdades Red Belt

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    LOL do you realize it is a BLOOD test? What the fuck are you talking about piss? If you actually read the article you'd realize that he took blood samples once a week and sent it in the mail.

    Also GSP was a 5'10 190 lbs wrestler going hard for 5 rounds, only naive people believe he was clean, clear case of the traditional testerosterone/hGH/EPO stack
     
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    Dude wtf are you talking about? The entire point of my post was that things have changed. Did you actually read my post or did you just get triggered because you heard some opposition?

    Also, I've concluded that anyone who accuses GSP as a PED cheat is just a fat, lazy fucking bum, who's never played a sport in their life. Dude has been the #1 advocate for USADA for the longest time. YESSSSS it must be because he's the biggest drug cheat of all timeeeee! It's the perfect crime!

    Take off that fucking tinfoil hat bro.
     
  7. Osiris007

    Osiris007 Green Belt

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    Does the journalist know for sure what he bought from the Chinese Online store was actual EPO? I am not doubting the test can be beat but I am just curious. If it confirms it somewhere in the article I apologize as I just read the cliffs.
     

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