January 09, 2006
Moment of truth for Hamilton
Tuesday is D-Day for Tyler Hamilton.
His appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be heard in Denver, giving Hamilton a final chance to come up with something more convincing than the chimeric twin defense.
A big part of me really wants to be convinced that he's innocent.
So far, all his team has shown me is that the test is pretty imprecise, and that it would probably be fairer to establish some minimum baseline below which riders would not be banned from competition.
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The test may be imprecise as you suggest, however I doubt even this fine parsing of precision. Cursory reading gives enough background to know that many in the medical community accepts the results of this test and others like it.
Hamilton's defence knows this that why it resorted to high farce in claiming a "vanishing twin". Jumping the shark doesn't get much better than that.
Anyway the parsing quote is this. "Hamilton has argued the test used to determine blood doping was not reliable and was as yet unproven in an anti-doping context". No word from his lawyers on how tangible it is in a non-doping medical context, but I think we know the answer.
When will Hamilton's defenders admit to what is staring them in the face, he augmented his performance with a banned method which is now detectable.
Posted by: Philip Gomes at Jan 10, 2006 12:56:26 AM