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  • Is it usual for tests to be created and conducted for non banned substances?

    It seems that this was a targeted raid, presumably based on intelligence, by a public health service. I'm guessing they had reasonable grounds to suspect that the substance had been supplied other than through the regulated channel, which might involve some criminality under French domestic law.

    It doesn't seem to have been an anti-doping raid.

    The use of hair samples points to the intelligence being related to administration from several days to several weeks prior to the raid.

  • It’s certainly an interesting case. Which raises both some broader and specific questions.

    It also ties to the notion, that the athlete as 100% individually accountable to be a flawed philosophy. Particularly for professional athletes who might have a team of medical professionals. Any one of which may well have their own motivations and or pressures.

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