Anyone who thinks an athlete has a fair shot in front of CAS should review the Alberto Contador case. Contador was found to have a minuscule, insignificant amount of clenbuterol in his urine during the 2010 Tour de France. After hearing 4,000 pages of testimony and debate, CAS acknowledged that the substance was too small to have been performance-enhancing and that its ingestion was almost certainly unintentional.
Therefore he was guilty. He received a two-year ban.
CAS’s rationale?“There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years,” one member of the panel said.
Would you want to go before that court?
The decision was so appalling that even the Tour runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg couldn’t swallow it and refused to accept the title of winner.“There is no reason to be happy now,” Schleck said.“First of all, I felt bad for Alberto. I always believed in his innocence.. . 201;. I battled with Contador in that race and I lost.”
Andy Schleck had as good a reason to denounce Cantador as anyone, after Cantador pedaled away from him after Andy's chain derailed on a mountain slope they both were battling on to defeat each other.
Yet, Schleck supported Cantador.
Truly, doping agencies are finding such miniscule levels of chemicals in blood samples, the agencies must consider & understand how such small amounts of chemistries can be in the bodies, completely by accident.
The nearly complete inability of the U.S. gov't & legal system to control drugs in society in general, is certainly causing these legalized witch hunts against athlete's, whose punishments are severe compared to their perceived crimes, than drug kingpins receive for their millions of pounds of drug trafficing.