...Out-of-competition urine tests actually dropped 47% from 2012. Urine tests are often, but not exclusively, used to screen for prohibited substances such as the blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO) and testosterone.
[Stuart] Miller said that the decline in urine tests was not necessarily a trend and "reflects the balance of the type of analysis that we feel we wanted to focus on in 2013."
[Don] Catlin, who heads the Catlin Consortium and is best known for uncovering the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative ring (BALCO), remained skeptical that athletes were not somehow tipped off to out-of-competition testing.
"These data are interesting but they do not provide the key data," he wrote. "Were the athletes informed when the test would take place? Of course they say 'no.' "
Monday, February 24, 2014
Not necessarily a trend...
A very thorough piece by Doug Robson on the ITF's latest anti-doping statistics. Some of his observations sound familiar...