Alberto Contador clenbuterol case decision delayed till the end of January

CAS says panel members continue with work towards decision after parties given chance to challenge them

by Simon_MacMichael   January 16, 2012  

Alberto Contador Press Conference in Yellow © PhotoSport International.jpg

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has said that the decision in the Alberto Contador case, due to have been announced this week, will not now be made until the week of 31 January, more than two months after November's hearing in Lausanne. CAS blamed the delay on the effect of recent press speculation regarding proceedings at that hearing, and says it gave the parties an opportunity to challenge the three-man panel that will decide the case, an invitation that was declined.

In a statement published this afternoon, CAS said: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has noted with great disappointment that some media have reported certain rumours in relation to the arbitration procedure involving the International Cycling Union (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Alberto Contador and the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC).

"The CAS will not comment on these allegations. However, the CAS has requested the parties to clarify whether, at this stage, any of them wanted to challenge the composition of the arbitral panel. As all answers were negative, the Panel will now be able to resume its mission. Unfortunately, this regrettable incident has slightly delayed the work of the Panel and the publication of the final decision should now take place during the week of 31 January 2012."

Today's news represents yet another delay in the appeal by the UCI and WADA against Contador's acquittal in February last year by the Spanish national cycling federation, the RFEC, on doping charges relating to his positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, which he won.

The appeal is due to be decided by a three-member arbitration panel including German professor of law, Ulrich Haas, who was appointed by Contador and the RFEC, and UK-born Geneva-based lawyer Quentin Byrne-Sutton, appointed by the UCI and WADA.

The panel is chaired by Israeli national Efraim Barak, who last week attracted controversy due to visiting Contador’s native Spain twice for conferences in the weeks ahead of the four-day CAS hearing last November.

The fact that Contador’s Saxo Bank team recently chose Israel as the location of a two-week training camp provided fuel for those looking for confirmation of some kind of conspiracy theory, with concerns also voiced by RadioShack-Nissan-Trek owner Flavio Becca.

Last week, it was also reported that WADA's legal team had threatened to walk out of the hearing in November after the CAS panel decided that one of its key witnesses, the Australian doping expert Dr Michael Ashenden, could not give evidence relating to plasticizers that WADA are said to believe may have provided evidence of an illegal blood transfusion.

Contador himself, who has never contested the fact that he did test positive, has always insisted that the positve test was due to his having eaten a contaminated steak.

 

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posted by andylul [410 posts]
16th January 2012 - 16:32

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Was that the sound of hand on forehead, or steak hitting the grill? Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7830 posts]
16th January 2012 - 16:38

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I talked to the a guy I know from Spain, and he said that Contador is known as an extremely sympathetic and gentleman character there that can be compared to the likes og Ole-Gunnar Solsjaer in football..

For everybody else he just seems like a sleezy liar.. Wierd, isn't it?

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
16th January 2012 - 17:01

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Not surprised Flavio Becca is up in arms, it would mean his rider - Schleck, winning the title. It's probably the only way he will win it IMHO Devil

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2638 posts]
16th January 2012 - 17:10

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
Was that the sound of hand on forehead, or steak hitting the grill? Wink

It's my standard response to that picture - everyone else sees a multiple major winning elite athlete, I see a smug b@stard

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posted by andylul [410 posts]
16th January 2012 - 18:04

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Oh FFS

posted by Chrisc [138 posts]
16th January 2012 - 18:34

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i just hope he is cleared, im sure quiet controversially, i just think he will be missing from the tour and hey whats a bit of clenbuterol between friends?

posted by russyparkin [575 posts]
16th January 2012 - 21:07

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why does a potential challenge relating to the composition of the panel delay the decision of the panel? They could have carried on working until they get a decision on that issue - then if they are clear, they issue their judgment, and if they aren't, another panel comes in and we start the whole ridiculous process over again. No reason for a delay.

I had thought, before this case, that CAS were the good guys who would sort out the mess made by the Spanish federation and the useless UCI. Looking less and less like that will be the case, and more and more like CAS will just make the whole thing worse...

posted by step-hent [644 posts]
17th January 2012 - 10:19

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The are aware that this year's tour starts earlier to allow for the Olympics?
Just wondering if they will have made a decision by then? Devil

posted by SevenHills [143 posts]
17th January 2012 - 12:09

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Cool
Amunt Alberto !!!!

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posted by La Brisa Fresca [44 posts]
17th January 2012 - 13:15

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Insanity. I don't think anyone in authority (if indeed anyone at all) realises the damage this has done.

Cycling was on the up - more and more people are doing it recreationally, along with commuting and a huge increase in sportives and competitive cycling. There's been a real influx of fresh blood to the ranks of cycling fans - and almost everyone I know now - old fans and new - has kinda lost faith.

Drugs are synonymous with cycling, the sport has a filthy, tarnished image and it looked like we were just edging away from that perception. Until Contador and his obvious cheating, followed by the equally obvious corruption of the various bodies intended to police the sport...followed by yet another delay, postponement, procrastination...really - what's the damn point??

I love this sport. And they've killed it.

posted by Lacticlegs [124 posts]
19th January 2012 - 15:05

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