Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell has claimed he has given so much blood to the drugs testers he will not be at his best for the 100metres final.
Powell, who twice broke the 100m world record, says he has been tested four times since arriving in Beijing two weeks ago and expects to be tested again on Wednesday. As a result, he is worried about the effect on himself and his team-mates.
“Two days ago, I got pretty upset because since I’ve been here they’ve tested me four times,” he said.
“They take blood. I’m saying that they’re taking so much blood, we’re going to be very weak before the final of the 100m,” he added.
“I’m almost sure I might be tested tomorrow (Wednesday). I don’t know about anyone else but they’re really doing it in my case and with my team-mates Michael Frater and Usain Bolt.”
Powell added: "They’re saying they’re doing about 4000 tests.
some real non sense going on in this case, i definitely see this as turning the favour into gay, i dont believe has has given the same number as powell and isnt this where politics comes into sports? Give US guys the advantage.
At the Athens meeting Tsiklitiria (July something), they had gone to Bolt’s hotel at midnight following the meeting, and they took samples from ALL the athletes EXCEPT the americans… come on now… :mad:
Damn I hope this doesnt cause us to get a bad 100. I see now way in hell that gay could win, but if they continue to suck all the life out the Jamaicans then it will happen. Sounds like a story from speedtrap.
I checked the IOC anti-doping protocols. Blood testing requires drawing 4 samples of 3 ml each. This will not have an adverse affect on physical capabilities or performance, though in Powell’s case it may annoy him to death.