The third part of the Japan Times article by Ed Odeven with Victor Conte is out and once again Conte has some explosive accusations. He says that there are cover-ups going on all the way to the top, that athletes are microdosing with testosterone to beat the 4:1 ration test and that WADA purposely avoided doing follow-up tests on big name athletes because they didn't want to "destroy the entire Olympic movement".
Full article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/08/11/more-sports/conte-says-coverup-protected-big-stars-seoul-games/#.VctYreKUzGc
Conte names Flo-Jo, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Andrew Phillips (400H) and Gregg Tafralis (SP) as athletes who tested positive for PEDs and had it covered up by the Athletics Congress (now known as USATF). They were all medalists at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Here is the part he talks specifically about Tafralis who he worked with:
I called Gregg and said, ‘Gregg, are you taking dianabol?’ ” Conte recalled.
“And he goes, ‘Yeah, but I went off the same number of days that I always do before the competition and I’ve never tested positive before.’
“Well, I’ve been told that you tested positive . . .”
A few days later, a TAC elder statesman died. Conte’s contact at TAC attended his funeral and a reception for the senior official.
What happened next still triggers a surprised tone in his voice 23 years later.
“All of a sudden the same (TAC) guy calls me back and says, ‘Well, listen, tell your boy (Tafralis) that he’s off the hook,’ ” Conte recalled.
“What do you mean?” Conte asked him.
“Well, we went to the reception after the funeral for one of the elder statesmen at TAC,” Conte recalled being told, “and there were five of the guys that got together and just decided it wasn’t a good time for these results to come out and they are going to be swept under the rug.”
Conte believes the corruption is in every organization all the way to the top.
“I believe positive drug tests are bad for business, but I believe that there are people at the very highest levels who are in essence looking the other way. And I know for a fact that there’s been a lot of positive drug tests that have been covered up. ... (This) goes all the way beyond the athletes and the coaches,” Conte told The Japan Times. “I believe it goes all the way to the top, meaning beyond Nike to television networks that broadcast these events all the way to the Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee, WADA itself and the IAAF itself. I believe they are corrupt from top to bottom. I believe they all know that there’s a rampant use of drugs.”
Conte went on to talk about steroids/testosterone:
"Everybody is using synthetic testosterone ... people are still looking for designers that don’t exist, and instead, everyone’s flying under the 4:1 T/E ratio (testosterone/epitestosterone ratio)."
He thinks that testers need to be implementing the carbon isotope ratio (CRI) test and so in a conversation with former WADA president Dick Pound, he advised them to go back and re-test Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, Yohan Blake, Carmelita Jeter and Jason Richardson using this test. That was his advice for WADA. The next part, if true, is shocking:
As planned, Pound submitted the just-cited information to David Howman, WADA’s director general, stating, in the words of Conte, that “they could target these frozen urine samples and they could do these tests.”
The idea was rejected.
“Basically, Dick Pound was told, ‘Are you kidding me? You think we want to destroy the entire Olympic movement?’ We’re not going to do those damn testings. So they showed no interest whatsoever in this,’ ” Conte recalled.
If top officials are actually purposely avoiding re-testing the samples of big name athletes, that's a huge problem. We'll be curious to see who is among those 28 busted athletes from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. Will they all be already known dopers or the hammer thrower nobody knows? Or are they willing to bust someone big?
You can check out the first two parts of the Japan Times series in the links below:
Part 1: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=6670358&page=0
Part 2: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=6675328