1.11.2012

In short: Contador's case READ IT

Here: http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cycling/Protest-mars-Contador-case-20120111 Via The Inner Ring
In short: BUT REALLY READ IT ALL

1.WADA Lawyers riots:  they "came "very close" to walking out in protest at his hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport" because "upset over the silencing of testimony and the conduct of judges".
2. Steack against transfusion: "Contador says the clenbuterol came from beef he ate while on the Tour. Lawyers [...] presented the CAS panel with another scenario for the failed test: Clenbuterol entered his body via a banned, performance-boosting blood transfusion."
3. Witnesses silenced: "The three CAS judges, however, stunned WADA lawyers by blocking oral testimony from one of their witnesses, Australian doping expert Michael Ashenden, hearing participants said."
4. WADA thesis: "Contador may have had a blood transfusion on July 20, followed the next day by an injection of blood plasma. [...] transfusion would have supercharged Contador for the final four stages to the finish in Paris, especially on the last day in the Pyrenees on July 22, when he stuck glue-like to Schleck's wheel up the fabled Col du Tourmalet, and during the time trial in Haut Medoc wine country on July 24, when Contador widened the gap over Schleck to 39 seconds - a lead he carried to the Champs-Elysees finishing line the next day."
5. Plastic residues: "The July 20 sample had no clenbuterol, but did contain traces of plastic residues that could have come from plastic pouches often used to store blood, hearing participants said. The July 21 sample did contain a very low concentration of clenbuterol, but no plastic traces. Ashenden could have explained to the CAS that Contador might have had a blood transfusion on July 20 which was uncontaminated by clenbuterol but which perhaps was stored in a plastic pouch, followed the next day by an injection of blood plasma."
6. How things went at CAS: "The CAS arbitrators ordered the chamber emptied while they deliberated and then called the parties back. The chairperson, Efraim Barak, announced that WADA lawyers were not allowed to question Ashenden about these transfusion issues but could cross-examine an anti-doping consultant for Contador's side, Paul Scott. Participants said WADA lawyers were so rattled by the judges' handling of this dispute that they debated whether to walk out. One said they came "very close to doing it." But, instead, the WADA team filed a written complaint
7. What that written complaint implies: "If the CAS clears Contador, this complaint could form part of a possible appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, Switzerland's supreme court"

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