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Subject: RE: Seven world class Russian track athletes banned for doping scandal
The answer is "no" or very unlikely. Out of competition testers travel generally in pairs, one male and one female. One of the testers (always of same gender) watches the athlete peeing into a bottle and then pouring the contents into a test tube which the athlete seals. The athlete opens a sealed test kit and does everything himself. The testers only carefully watch. They touch nothing!! The athlete then seals his samples back into the kit. Testers provide instructions every step of the way, but only touch the test kit before it is unsealed by the athlete and then after the athlete seals it back up.
Looks like the test kits are also put into temperature controlled Styrofoam which the testers likely mail to the lab. The athlete's name is never put into the kit, only a control number. The testers note the control number for the athlete and send this separately to the anti-doping agency (not the lab). The entire procedure has been very carefully worked out so the athlete can not claim some tester double-crossed him. It would take cooperation from both testers to do that and even then it would be very difficult as their are controld the prevent the testers from later unsealing and resealing the test kit they are to mail to the lab. I have also been told that the US Anti-doping agency rarely pairs off two testers together for more than a few times/year.
You never hear cheating athletes blame their positive test on the testers because the testing process is so carefully controlled. I've been thru one such test.
Note, the Russians females were successful in substituting urine because they injected themselves with someone elseís urine, using a catheter within 10-20 minutes before the testers arrived. They peed out that substitute urine while being watched by an unsuspecting tester (of same gender). They somehow got advance notice of when the testers would arrive. They needed advance notice, because the urine they injected into themselves was hard to keep in their bodies for more than 30 minutes or so.
This type of deceit will only work if the athlete knows almost exactly when the testers will arrive. It requires a corrupt employee in the anti-doping agency who has access to the out-of-competition (OOC) testing schedule. The Russian Athletics Federation may not be rotten to the core, but someone inside that organization had to be leaking the OOC testing schedule to doping athletes. In the US anti-doping agency, no more than 3-4 employees would have access to the OOC testing schedule. The fact that the Russians havenít been able to catch the person who leaked the OOC testing schedule, shows they are either incompetent or senior management has something to hide. Either way the Russian Athletics Federation needs to be decertified by the IAAF.
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