The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency has dismissed Alberto Contador’s claim that his clenbuterol positive during the Tour de France was a result of eating tainted meat.

David Howman, director general of WADA, gave a press conference on Wednesday during which he said that tainted meat had been used as an excuse for clenbuterol positives in the past.

“It’s been raised before, it’s been heard in a couple of cases and rejected,” said Howman.

“The issue is, can you prove it? It’s a pretty hard thing to prove that is where it comes from.”

Howman went on to say that WADA was monitoring the progression of the Contador case, and would step in if it perceived that the case was stalling. In that instance, WADA would take the case straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to organise a hearing.

WADA was set up in 1999 as an independent international body to “promote, co-ordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms”. It is WADA that produces a list of prohibited substances and procedures that is used as a basis for anti-doping tests.

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WADA official website

  • Clay

    Enough already. Had this been someone else, he would have had the title stripped from him. This case is moving slowly. Get it resolved and move on. At the end of the day, WADA is another overpaid bureaucracy.

  • JP Sartre

    does this mean it’s all a bit pointless?

  • Sakis

    Does this mean that the “passport” has failed? What’s next?

  • Ken Evans

    First Landis, now Contador, this is getting to repetitive.

    Does this mean Schleck won the 2010 TDF ?

  • ROB

    There are precedents for reductions in penalties and that is the best contador can realistically hope for. If the UCI let contador off scot free then WADA should take it to CAS and I do not believe they will get spanked. I think CAS would be duty bound to abide by the letter of the law. Lets not forget that Contador is still responsible for the content of his body and its beholden on him to prove why he’s positive – it’s already been proved that he is positive.

  • John Calliott

    I’d been rooting for WADA in the battle against the UCI, but I have no respect for Howman. He’ll make that same statement about Clenbuterol over & over in the press so that WADA looks infallible for not having a threshold. In real life, the stuff is in use, and people have gotten sick or died from accidental ingestion in the past. If the UCI let’s Contador off, and WADA rakes it to CAS, they’re going to get spanked, and the whole world will hear about it.