Just a few days ago, in a press release that made shock-waves within the triathlon community, the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announced it's first anti-doping age group violation by Ironman triathlete Kevin Moats (pictured above), reporting:
“The Adverse Analytical Finding resulted from the administration of testosterone consistent with the World Anti Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and by the World Triathlon Corporation Anti-Doping Rules (WTC Rules).”
Of course, this comes at the same time as the controversial Lance Armstrong doping scandal, in which Lance has been given a lifetime ban from the sport of cycling (and most triathlons) by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for the alleged use of steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions.
I happen to know for a fact that many of the readers of this blog actually use bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and also use therapeutic testosterone for medical reasons, such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and andropause (clinically low levels of testosterone) – which is apparently what Kevin Moats was doing.
Technically, if you are using testosterone like this, you still need what is called a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) from your physician if you want to complete in a sanctioned even such as Ironman Triathlon.
So why didn't Kevin Moats have a TUE, and why was he on testosterone in the first place?
And what exactly happens when you get “tested”?
Why was Kevin suspended for an anti-doping violation?
Is this something that you need to worry about if you're using supplements or medications?
When can you use testosterone lotions or injections, and when is testosterone illegal?
Are there other things besides testosterone that you shouldn't be using?
Find out the answers to all these questions and more in today's audio interview with Kevin Moats…
Below is a full transcript of this interview with triathlete Kevin Moats, and then below that some other helpful links and the opportunity to leave your questions, comments and feedback.
Click here for the full written transcript.
If you found this episode interesting, you may also want to check out the article: “Ben Greenfield Admits To Using Performance Enhancing Drugs”.
And also the very interesting interview with doping doctor Victor Conte on the Joe Rogan show, as well as this interview with Andrew Tillin, the “Doper Next Door” author, on Everymantri.
Also, here is the a link to the USADA Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form: http://www.usada.org/tue/
Question, comments or feedback? What do you think about age group testing, doping in triathlon and the Kevin Moats story? Leave your thoughts below.