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Kashechkin Case Stumbles On

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I suppose this is just barely news, and more like snark fodder, but since Andrey Kashechkin's case could result in drug testing being declared an international human rights violation, it's probably worth checking in on from time to time. Today CN (scroll down) has a couple choice bits from the proceedings. Apparently the case rests on two claims: the lack of guarantee of a legal "defence" and the interference with private activity by another private entity.

The first claim sounds ridiculous -- anyone watching the Landis proceedings would presumably say he had his day in court. However, it may be a more compelling claim on a technical level... say, if the rules admit evidence (like a blood sample) even if there's signs of tampering, or unreliable testing. Then "lack of a fair defense" is a catch-all for testing the fairness of the proceedings. I haven't seen briefs, and wouldn't rule out the possibility they're making a much sillier claim than this.

The second claim is where I lose all respect for Kashechkin's actions. He's whining that he was tested while on vacation with his family in Turkey, and that a private entity (the UCI) shouldn't be able to interrupt his private moments. In other words, he wants the world court to let him use his kids as a doping shield. "I had that transfusion at my son's third birthday party, so it's off-limits to testing." What a complete jerk. Also, not to beat a dead horse, but when you sign contracts with private entities you agree to their terms. Is it an international human rights violation if my mortgage company contacts me while I'm on vacation to let me know I haven't made a payment in six months? That's what Kashechkin would have you believe. Pathetic.