trails for life wrote:
Lastly, I want to defend Kenenisa Bekele. For anyone who thinks Bekele doped intentionally or unintentionally, I'd like to point out that Jos Hermens has said that "Bekele is a very natural runner...he doesn't even take vitamins/supplements." Maybe Bekele knows they can be tainted. Maybe he just wants to be as natural as possible. Either way, regardless of how dirty Jos Hermens might be, he doesn't seem to lie about his athletes. Jos even mentioned the names of doctors, who were consulted for another athlete, in an interview referenced by this ARD documentary. If you can accept that as a fact, then you have to accept his quote about Kenenisa as a fact. Kenenisa is clean.
Thats pretty naive. Lots of dopers in different sports spent years of formal denials or denials from their coaches. The rumors about Bekele and the Eth track culture started a decade ago. Maybe he is clean *now* but during this track days a lot of his performances were pretty suspicious. I would not bet my mortgage that Bekele is clean put it that way. Is he is a sensational athlete regardless yes, but Im not convinced he has always been clean.