Wow, will wonders ever cease? Or will cheating ever stop?
Reports leaking out of Europe indicate world renown triathlete Lisa Huetthaler (Or Hutthaler, Hütthaler) attempted to cover a positive EPO doping test by bribing the lab tech. (Earthtimes)
Vienna - An Austrian athlete attempted to bribe a laboratory assistant to ensure that the B-sample from a dope test returned negative, it emerged Wednesday. Triathlete Lisa Huetthaler offered the lab worker 20,000 euros (31,400 dollars) to ensure the positive May result for the blood- booster EPO wasn't confirmed.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed the report by the Austrian Kurier newspaper that it had been informed of the incident in June by the Austrian government. "The laboratory informed us and the head of the laboratory confirmed the bribery attempt to us," the Kurier cited the letter as saying. "This appears to be a criminal act."A spokesperson for the Austrian prosecutor's office confirmed that the incident was being investigated while WADA confirmed to Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Huetthaler tested positive in May (and also caused a crash in July). She apparently was an Olympic candidate athlete.