Sports Law • Risk Management

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January 26, 2011: Tour de France Winner Stripped of Title and Suspended

It’s another disappointing outcome for the Tour de France. The 2010 winner, Alberto Contador, was stripped of his title and suspended for one year for testing positive for Clenbuterol. Contador has claimed that he failed the doping test because of tainted food. It is likely that Contador will appeal the sanctions as he has 10 days to do so.

November 13, 2010: A Poppy Seed Bagel May Lead to a Positive Doping Test

I just read the headline, “Woman: Poppy Seeds, Not Drugs, Led to Losing Child”. The article went on to explain that the ACLU has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose baby was taken away from them, because the mother had tested positive for opiates in a urine test after eating a poppy-seed bagel. If it turns out that the facts are as the mother claims, it is certainly a tragic outcome. This is not the first time I’ve heard of drug test results being influenced by food intake of poppy-seeds. The negative ramification of poppy seed intake is significant for athletes. Apparently, testing has determined that “high-performance athletes could possibly test positive in doping control after consumption of products containing poppy seeds.”