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Peter Bol’s optimistic doping check revealed as “blunder” by Sports activities Integrity Australia


After two lengthy months, the Peter Bol EPO-doping saga has concluded. Two unbiased laboratories have cleared the Australian 800m runner of ever utilizing the banned substance, noting a “catastrophic blunder” in testing from Sports activities Integrity Australia (SIA).

In January, the 29-year-old confronted a four-year suspension after he returned a optimistic consequence for the banned substance erythropoietin (EPO) from a urine pattern taken in October. Upon additional investigation, based on Sports activities Integrity Australia, neither of Bol’s A or B samples confirmed the presence of EPO in his urine: “Solely naturally occurring endogenous erythropoietin was current throughout each exams.”

Bol mentioned in an interview with Australia’s 9News that the complete course of from the SIA was nothing however unfair to him. “To accuse me of doping with out scientific proof… it’s powerful, however deep down, I knew I used to be harmless,” mentioned Bol.

He turned a family title in Australia on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after breaking two nationwide information in qualifying to succeed in the boys’s 800m last, the place he completed fourth. On the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, U.Okay., he received silver within the 800m behind Kenya’s Wyclife Kinyamal.

Pleading innocence 

All through the method, Bol employed a lawyer and burdened his innocence on social media, saying he would do no matter was essential to clear his title. “I informed everybody that I used to be harmless and requested everybody in Australia to consider me and let the method play out,” Bol wrote on Twitter.

Bol voluntarily handed over his laptop computer, iPad and telephone to the SIA to assist show his innocence and paid $1,200 to have his B-sample examined.

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Peter Bol holds the Australia 800m report of 1:44:00 from the 2022 Paris Diamond League

Subjective testing

Through the investigation course of, a bunch of Norwegian scientists raised their doubts about Peter Bol’s optimistic A-sample, saying the testing for EPO by the World Anti-Doping Company stays subjective, particularly in instances resembling Bol’s, which delivered a “borderline” optimistic consequence.

In accordance with the Sydney Herald, his authorized staff despatched a letter to SIA demanding the continuing investigation on the 800m runner to finish.

The letter contains two unbiased professional analyses of Bol’s urine pattern from October final yr “by no means confirmed the presence of any artificial EPO” and that “inexperience and incompetence on the Australian Sports activities Drug Testing Laboratory (ASDTL) led to an incorrect dedication” of his optimistic A-sample.

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Peter Bol competing for Australia within the 800m on the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Picture: Filip Bossuyt W/C

Final month, the SIA lifted Bol’s suspension permitting him to return to coaching after the B-sample examined by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) returned an atypical discovering.

Bol mentioned he doesn’t intend to sue SIA for damages, though his authorized prices are round $50,000.

“I would like SIA to see this case as a chance to enhance,” he mentioned to Sydney Herald. “Not me making an attempt to combat them. We’ve been clear the entire time. They need to be the identical. What my household has gone by ought to by no means occur, nevertheless it did occur, and we would like individuals to be held accountable.”


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