WADA Director General, David Howman: “The study does not accurately follow the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) guidelines, and therefore its relevance to the ABP is not entirely clear.”
WADA is aware of the television report that aired on France Télévisions yesterday. We would like to clarify that while we did make the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) software available, we certainly did not “bless” or endorse the study, as has been suggested.
The study does not accurately follow the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) guidelines, and therefore its relevance to the ABP is not entirely clear.
In commenting on any study, it is first important that the findings are properly peer reviewed and published. This has not yet taken place with this study.
Furthermore, WADA does not ever recommend athletes take part as ‘human guinea pigs’ in a study in which they would be subjected to taking performance enhancing drugs.
We welcome and encourage research relevant to the Athlete Biological Passport, and continue to work with experts to advance and enhance the project.”