Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Olympic Tests Have Never Detected HGH in an Athlete: USADA Backs Urine

The biggest fight in the history of boxing is in danger of not happening because Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants his opponent Manny Pacquiao to agree to random Olympic-style blood tests.

The only problem is that these random blood tests have never—yes that's right—never found Human Growth Hormone in any Olympic athlete that has ever been tested.

Interesting, huh?

Mayweather somehow believes that if his opponent Pacquiao who has never failed a drug test, refuses to take a test that has never caught anyone, then this fight can't happen.

How does this make sense? It doesn't. No wait, maybe Mayweather knows something the rest of us don' wait, maybe Mayweather is just trying to avoid the best fighter he has ever met.

But hold on, it gets even better.

Mayweather's camp has somehow wrangled the alliance of Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, to try and spin this whole charade of events in their favor.

Tygart has told Yahoo Sports! that Pacquiao's resistance to submit to the blood tests "would provide a huge loophole for a cheater to step through and get away with cheating.”

Please explain yourself Mr. Tygart, how can a test that's never caught anybody possibly provide a "loophole" for a cheater to step through?

It seems like the test itself is a loophole.

And if you don't think this sequence of events can get even more interesting, it can.

Listen to this.

USADA announced last year that they were funding a company that has developed a test to detect HGH in urine. And Pacquiao, as everyone knows, has agreed to submit to as many random urine tests as the Mayweather camp would like.

Tygart even told USA Today last year that the developers, Ceres Nanosciences, "have developed an outstanding technology. And we're looking forward to helping them develop it further so it can have a practical use in anti-doping efforts."

Yesterday, Ceres Nanosciences launched the first release of that new technology, NanotrapTM ESP Particles.

These particles are designed to improve complex biofluid sample processing allowing for the detection of low-abundance proteins that would not otherwise be detected and also uses existing medical equipment.

What this means, simply, is that HGH use is now detectable through testing of urine samples and the breakthrough technology is officially ready to "Rock-and-Roll."

Now we'll find out if Mayweather is ready to do the same.

Pacquiao certainly is.*

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