At last! After the Giro, I am now facing a further and much more complex challenge. On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, the hearing will take place before the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in Lausanne. It will be exactly one year, 11 months and 14 days since the day I was contacted by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in the matter of alleged discrepancies in my biological passport for the years 2011 and 2012.
During nearly two years that have elapsed, I have submitted a large body of evidence pointing to my innocence. And recently, I submitted further evidence! At the request of the Czech Olympic Committee (whose Arbitration Board last year heard my case), this year I underwent tests at the Mayo Clinic, one of the best clinics in the world, and above all independent. The clinic unambiguously confirmed that the changes in my passport could have been caused, for example, by extreme physical activity and that they simply cannot be taken as grounds for a claim that I doped.
The Mayo Clinic confirmed that I suffer from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), and as a result I must take high doses of substitute hormone L-Thyroxine. The approval of UCI/WADA, who are parties to the proceedings before the CAS, is required for publication of the medical opinion. If I receive their approval, I will place the complete test results from Mayo on my Website. I have no problem with this.
I repeat – I have never doped! I am not a liar or a cheat! I consider the biological passport to be an excellent tool. However, clear rules must be set for its use. What purpose do the limit values serve if a person can be accused, like me, without reaching these limit values? I have strived to be as open as possible. Last year, I published the data from my passport, medical reports and opinions.
I hope and believe that common sense will prevail. I am confident that my name will be cleared in Lausanne. The CAS has a deadline of July 10th to issue its ruling. However, I hope that they will come to a decision before then.
In conclusion, my two-year battle in numbers:
- Four-year old case.
- 300 pages of documents and medical reports.
- Two rejected dates for the hearing in Lausanne by UCI/WADA due to the workload of their lawyers.
- 713 days waiting for a decision (from first contact with the UCI until the hearing date in Lausanne on June 10th).
- 99.9-percent certainty that I am telling the truth according to a lie detector test.