Cyclingnews.com today reports that yet again Alberto Contador has had a delay in the announcement by CAS of a verdict in his astonishingly long-running doping affair (Contador Verdict Expected Today | Cyclingnews.com). I cannot believe the ineptitude of all concerned in handling this case, and I’m surprised Contador can maintain his equanimity.
My own view is that the regulatory structures around clenbuterol testing are such that for individuals with vanishingly small amounts of clenbuterol in their system, guilt or innocence becomes something of a lottery, depending on which testing lab the sample were sent to – any clenbuterol is enough for guilt, even where the amount found is lower than the sensitivity required of a testing lab.
In the mean time, all those blood-doping athletes who were customers of Dr Fuentes (and for one reason or another escaped immediate action) carry on regardless.
Update: The announcement is on the CAS web page. Apparently the decision will be handed down on 6th February. Maybe. Or maybe not. The CAS announcement concludes:
A confirmation as to the date and time of the publication of the decision will be given by the CAS at the end of this week.