Is Your Voicemail Full?

This came out today (5/15/08) in cyclingnews.com

Reminiscent of what Rassmussen is accused of:

Balco head reveals methods, offers anti-doping advice
After masterminding a designer steroids ring which allowed athletes to cheat without detection, former BALCO head Victor Conte is now offering up detailed accounts of the doping regime used by top track and field athletes and giving anti-doping advice to the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA), the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) as well as the authorities in the Great Britain (UK Sport).

Conte served a four-month prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, while the scandal also put former Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones in prison for perjury. Track cyclist Tammy Thomas was convicted of perjury in April in relation to the case.

At the request of British sprinter Dwain Chambers, Conte spelled out the entire doping regime to UK Sport in order “to improve the effectiveness of their anti-doping programs.”

Published by the BBC News, the letter outlines a performance enhancing regime that included seven banned drugs including the designer steroid known as “the clear”, THG, as well as testosterone/epitestosterone cream, EPO, HGH, insulin (Humalog), modafinil and liothryonine (a synthetic form of the T3 thyroid hormone).

Most of the doping occurred during the off-season, where Conte advised the anti-doping authorities to focus their testing. “Many drug-tested athletes use what I call the “duck and dodge” technique,” Conte wrote. “This is basically how it works: First, the athlete repeatedly calls their own cell phone until the message capacity is full. This way the athlete can claim to the testers that they didn’t get a message when they finally decide to make themselves available.

“Secondly, they provide incorrect information on their whereabouts form. They say they are going to one place and then go to another. Thereafter, they start using testosterone, growth hormone and other drugs for a short cycle of two to three weeks.

“After the athlete discontinues using the drugs for a few days and they know that they will test clean, they become available and resume training at their regular facility.”

Conte criticized USADA for focusing the bulk of its testing in-season. “It’s my opinion that more than fifty percent of the drug tests performed each year should be during the off season or the fourth quarter. This is when the track athletes are duckin’ and divin’ and using anabolic steroids and other drugs.”

USADA CEO Travis Tygart responded, “Since our creation in late 2000 and before we disciplined 16 people associated with the BALCO doping conspiracy, USADA had incorporated and continues to incorporate all appropriate intelligence into our testing program. Our efforts to protect the rights of clean athletes has always has been focused on intelligent target testing and not simply on the number of tests.”

In a statement, WADA acknowledged that Conte has met with USADA and said, “We would expect that he would have shared any current and credible evidence of doping that he might have with them.

The agency supported USADA, saying it has “full confidence in USADA, one of the foremost anti-doping agencies in the world which, interestingly, assisted U.S. law enforcement authorities in uncovering illegal activities of Mr. Conte and a number of his athletes.”

“WADA has also heard from Mr. Conte and will continue to give his comments, along with other intelligence received, balanced consideration and to pass it on, as and if appropriate, to the relevant testing authorities.

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5 thoughts on “Is Your Voicemail Full?

  1. I’ve got the doping recipe down. Thanks for the info!
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article3941984.ece

    EPO was used 3 days per week during the “corrective phase,” which is the first two weeks of a cycle. Typically, it was on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It was only used once per week during the “maintenance phase” thereafter, typically this was every Wednesday. The dosage was 4000 IU per injection. The purpose was to increase the red blood cell count and enhance oxygen uptake and utilization. This substance provides a big advantage to sprinters because it enables them to do more track repetitions and obtain a much deeper training load during the off season. EPO becomes undetectable about seventy-two hours after subcutaneous injection (stomach) and only twenty-four hours after intraveneous injection.

  2. …i’ve said it before but in light of this new info, it bears repeating…first, think about what bush43 is saying…realize that a whole smorgasbord of other “complimentary” drugs are being used along side the ‘epo’…

    …these athletes live like glorified, highly paid junkies…an ugly world of lying, cheating, subterfuge, constant needle use, hiding actions & whereabouts, worry about getting caught, worry about getting supplied, constant lying to friends, family & loved ones…

    …but it’s all wrapped up in a world of money, fame & public adoration & glory, so somehow that justifies it in the athletes mind…what an amazing & idiotic existence…

  3. Isn’t there a race gong on now…? Some thing with a ‘G…’ in it… like ‘Gumball da Pasta’ or some such crap…?

    Im not sure, as I gave up on roadies what with all the damn juicing, doping, blood-infusionation… Its like they are a REAL sport or something.

    But shouldn’t one of us write something about it? Aside from my snarkyness, I mean ?

  4. I think that a small dose of snarkyness here and there is an adequate level of coverage. Pro cycling just hasn’t been the same since Jesper Skibby retired.