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Pound again backs French lab in Landis case

Pound again backs French lab in Landis case

The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency reiterated his full confidence Wednesday in the French laboratory that tested Floyd Landis' samples from the Tour de France.
WADA president Dick Pound defended the Chatenay-Malabry lab, which found that Landis recorded elevated levels of testosterone _ including synthetic versions of the substance _ when he won last year's Tour.
The American rider and his defense team have repeatedly attacked the credibility of the lab, alleging that it has committed numerous procedural and other mistakes.
"It is an accredited laboratory by WADA," Pound said in a teleconference. "That means it has met some very stringent quality-control requirements in the sense of being able to detect the presence of prohibited substances in samples.
"It's one of the leading laboratories in the world and has spearheaded some of the breakthroughs in tests for EPO and so forth. We have no reason to think that the work done in that lab, and frankly in any of our other labs, is sub-par. We have confidence in what it's done."
Landis' camp launched new accusations against the French lab on Sunday, saying it had mishandled and erased computer files involving his tests.
French Anti-Doping Agency director Pierre Bordry said that, even before Landis' latest criticism, the agency had asked for a separate outside review of how the lab handled the case.
Landis has an arbitration hearing May 14 in California, where he is expected to question the practices of the French lab.
If doping accusations are upheld, he faces a two-year ban from competition. He also would be the first rider in the 104-year history of the Tour to be stripped of the title. He already has agreed not to compete in this year's event while the case is pending.
Landis tested positive for elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after he won the 17th stage in a stunning comeback that put him in line to win the Tour.
The French newspaper L'Equipe reported last week that follow-up tests on Landis' "B" samples confirmed traces of synthetic testosterone. Landis alleged the leak was yet another result of unethical maneuvers engineered by those who want him stripped of the title.
Pound said he was unaware of the origin of the leak but that it was an issue that could be discussed between WADA and the lab.
"The lab itself must be concerned about that," he said.


Updated : 2021-07-31 14:27 GMT+08:00