For being an "informed discussion" on an important topic, it seems to me, that a lot of prerequisite information is missing.
After reading the whole thread, a few basic questions are not yet answered:
- Is thyroid medication performance enhancing? Why is anyone calling it a PED if the PE part hasn't really been established?
- If the medication is not banned, and doesn't require a TUE, why is anyone talking about abusing TUE's?
- Curiously, it is not a secret. The IAAF and WADA have both looked at the question of thyroid medication, and declined to ban it. Why? Is it a conspiracy, or can it be that it really is a non-issue?
- It's also interesting to see Belgian/Dutch quotes, especially coming from Jos Hermans. Does he know more than he is telling, or is this just more conspiracy theory?
There are some leads, which need to be followed up (this is the IAAF's, WADA's, USATF's, USADA's, etc. job), but before we can talk about cheating, someone has to make a case that cheating is happening.
This is a reasoned and responsible post.
You make excellent points.
Jos Hermans, conspiracy theory for sure. Read the inanity of that quote.
How'd you like to have that guy testifying against you in court? WOW.
My take on Jos Hermans from day one on these quotes is he was just popping off and jealous because he was used to his guy being the PERENNIAL TOP DOG for SO LONG, and the fact that Salazar declined to coach his guys. What better way to share your Sour Grapes than to smear the competition.
And think about it, Athletics means a lot more Holland than here, and what better way to deflect the failure of your athletes, Jos Hermans, than to smear the victor, Mo Farah.
I'd love to hear Mo Farah's response to Jos Hermans.