Sunrise host and former observe and discipline star Matt Shirvington has flogged the ‘flawed system’ that noticed Olympic sprinter Peter Bol sensationally suspended from Australian athletics after returning a false constructive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Bol was provisionally suspended in January after information broke that he had returned a constructive A pattern for artificial EPO throughout an out-of-competition drug take a look at.
The Commonwealth Games medalist firmly maintained his innocence all through the eight-month ordeal as Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) retested the samples.
This week, SIA introduced that Bol’s case had been closed after a subsequent unbiased evaluation of his B pattern produced a false constructive.
Bol introduced the excellent news on Tuesday with a message on social media.
‘I’ve been acquitted. It was a false constructive as I’ve been saying all alongside! The information from Sport Integrity Australia right this moment was a dream come true,” he tweeted.
Shirvo advised Sunrise viewers on Wednesday that though the 800-meter sprinter was cleared, there can be a “blemish on his reputation” eternally.
“Peter’s name has been dragged through the mud and we’re all familiar with mud sticks. Now there are many questions that need to be answered,” he mentioned.
“Why did he test positive in the first place? Should test protocols change? And the big one, who leaked his A-sample results before his B-sample was revealed? And why?’
Peter Bol deserved better. He was let down on every level and apologies alone will not save him. The damage has been done. Damage to his reputation, his mental health, his family, friends and fans. Damage to the sport that I and millions of fans love.
‘A few weeks ago, Peter Bol was tested for drugs twice in one day. At 6am before a race and again after. He’s doing his part.
“In the race to remove the stain from his reputation, Peter must catch up due to a flawed system and organization that has failed him and Australian sport.”
The Sunrise host mentioned skilled athletes have an obligation to maintain elite sports activities drug-free, clear and credible by conducting random drug exams day by day.
You present your private particulars, telephone numbers and addresses, and if something adjustments at any time, you select to sleep with a companion, alter journey preparations, be delayed at work or have a household emergency , then you must let the drug testers know upfront,” he mentioned.
“You can get a knock on the door today or tomorrow and soon find yourself spilling a blood sample on your dinner table or peeing in a cup in front of a complete stranger. I know I’ve done it many times.’
Announcing his waiver on Tuesday, Bol said no athlete should go through what he went through this year.
“I am pleased to see that WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has agreed to review the EPO testing process to prevent future false positives,” he tweeted.
‘My focus is now on the World Athletics Championships that are coming up in Hungary. I am in shape and I feel good. I appreciate all the support I’ve obtained.”
Fans have been fast to throw their help behind the athlete.
“The damage has been done. Damage to his reputation, his mental health, his family, friends and fans. Damage to the sport that I and millions of fans love,” Matt Shirvington (pictured) advised viewers
Peter Bol (pictured on the 2021 Tokyo Games) mentioned information of his exemption was a ‘dream come true’ however no athlete ought to should undergo what he went by way of this 12 months
“Australia is still behind you mate. I’m so sorry you had to go through this,” one man mentioned.
Congratulations Peter. You shouldn’t have waited 8 months to your exemption, however I’m completely satisfied for you,” one other girl wrote.
‘Great news. Now show them how to do it and blow everyone out of the water at the Olympics and World Cup,” a third shared.
A statement from Sport Integrity Australia revealed that they had used several laboratories and several experts from the World Anti Doping Authority to analyze Bol’s A and B blood samples.
The outcomes indicated that the A pattern ought to have been damaging.
“The further analysis resulted in differing expert opinions on whether the sample was reported positive or negative, and the A sample was reported as negative,” SIA mentioned.
As a consequence, Sport Integrity Australia has taken the choice to not commit an anti-doping rule violation for this monster. The investigation into this pattern has been accomplished.’
A Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Bol remained steadfast in his innocence when Sport Integrity Australia retested his samples earlier this 12 months
Bol, who completed fourth within the 800m ultimate on the Tokyo Olympics, has returned to operating in Europe forward of the Paris Olympics
WADA acknowledged Sport Integrity Australia’s announcement and pledged to “undertake a review of current EPA processes” in lieu of the incident.
“While we have no reason to question the validity of the analytical method used for recombinant EPO, WADA will review the current review process in light of the specifics of this case,” the company mentioned in a press release.
Bol, who completed fourth within the 800m ultimate on the Tokyo Olympics, has returned to operating in Europe forward of the Paris Olympics.
The Olympic sprinter maintained his innocence all through the eight-month ordeal, ordering two separate B samples to be analyzed to try to clear his identify.
“To be clear, I have NEVER in my life purchased, researched, possessed, administered or used synthetic EPO or any other banned substance,” he tweeted.
“I keep hoping that the trial will exonerate me. My career, hopes and dreams are literally on the line for the next few weeks, and I ask everyone to respect my privacy as I remain suspended for now.”
EPO is a performance-enhancing drug that will increase the physique’s means to provide pink blood cells and permits it to make use of extra oxygen.