Danish doping chief calls for clarity

Monday, July 3, 2006 11.00pm
Denmark's anti-doping chief calls on the Spanish authorities to release the full version of the Oper

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According to the head of Anti-Doping Denmark, Professor Jens Evald, who's also a jurisprudence professor at Aarhus University, the dramatic withdrawal of a handful of favourites from the Tour de France is wrapped in so much mystery and uncertainty that the Spanish authorities should immediately unveil the evidence that among others has hit Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich, writes Susanne Horsdal.

Evald is concerned that the case has already had huge impact on the suspects, as well as their teams and sponsors. "All over the world, named riders are now under suspicion but no one apparently has a good grasp of what's going on in the case. That's why Spanish police should publicise their full investigation in order to respect for the public's just interest in the case and with regard to the riders' legal position," says Evald.

"The way in which the police have chosen to leak small parts of the investigation has already had dramatic consequences and this procedure is unlikely to have taken place in Denmark," the Professor Evald continues. The professor earlier made it clear that the fight against doping should be a clean fight that also respects the athlete's legal rights, including what must surely be the fundamental right of innocence until guilt is proved.

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