More bad news broke for Sir Bradley Wiggins this weekend as it was revealed that he failed to show his whereabouts to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Anti-Doping Administration and Management System in May this year just three months before the Rio Olympics.
Athletes are obligated to submit their whereabouts via text message or phone call to the WADA hotline giving a one-hour time slot each day where they can be tested. In case of an emergency the time of the test can be rearranged up to one minute before the one hour slot begins. If an athlete were to miss three tests in twelve months they can be banned for up to two years.
Wiggins sites confusion over a flight back from the Tour of California as the reason for the failure to show his whereabouts to WADA, which is the equivalent of a missed drugs test. But this is yet another stain on Wiggin’s year after British Cycling’s Manchester velodrome was ‘raided’ by UK Anti-Doping last week on the Daily Mail’s report that a medical package was delivered to Team Sky on the day Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine in La Toussuire as part of the 2011 Tour de France.
The scrutiny on Wiggins does not seem to be lifting as this revelation comes after Marcel Kittel and André Greipel this week condemned the use of TUE’s (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) by other athletes. Kittel told Süddeutsche Zeitung that those with severe cases of the respiratory condition should not compete in “elite sport”.
Kittel compared the asthmatic to Paralympians saying “When someone has bad asthma then he has nothing in elite sport to do. That’s why we introduced the Paralympics, so that the one-legged [athletes] had a chance to measure themselves against others.”
Wiggins and Team Sky were also attacked by Greipel who explained the leak showing Wiggins TUE use explained why Sky are not part of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) “If you are ill then you’re not riding in any races,” Greipel said. “That’s why we’re in the MPCC. And now we know why Sky weren’t.”
As far as missing a test goes it is inexcusable no matter the reasons as WADA are flexible about changing time, Wiggins new that he was going to be on a long haul flight after the Tour of California and should have prepared accordingly.
However, the attacks on Wiggins and Team Sky for him being Asthmatic seem very unfair as it is not a mistake on his part and is not something he can change like the time of his test.
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