Italian race walking champion, Alex Schwazer, recently retired from competing after International Olympic Committee officials learned that he tested positive for a performance enhancing substance.
This summer Schwazer was set, ready and prepared to not only compete but to bring home the gold in the 50 km event at the Summer Olympic Games in London, when he was abruptly excluded from the games after his sample returned positive.
Schwazer admitted to using EPO, otherwise known as Erythropoietin. EPO is a protein of the glycoprotein type used to maintain the production of red blood cells.
Athletes who participate in endurance sports use this substance because it helps to regulate the level of blood oxygen that muscles receive, which in turn improves the endurance capacity of athletes.
Since the reports have been divulged and Schwazer’s use of performance enhancing substances has been exposed, International Olympic Committee officials are alleged to be considering whether or not to reanalyze his 2004 sample.
If the International Olympic Committee is serious about re-testing Schwazer’s sample it must be done imminently, as the 8 year statute of limitations is fast approaching if not already passed.
During a very emotional press conference last Wednesday, August 8, Schwazer admitted to intravenously injecting EPO while attempting to fight back a stream of tears.
With that said, Schwazer’s apparent motivation for revealing his use of performance enhancing substances was to set the record straight so to speak.
According to Schwazer he is not the type of person to cheat or deceive people.
And although he was prepared to enter 2012 games under the influence of EPO, cheating was “tearing him up inside” and “he just could not take it anymore”.
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