Sunday, July 15, 2007

What the arb?

In the arbitration hearing of USADA versus Floyd Landis held May 14 – 23, 2007 at Pepperdine University in Malibu California, Floyd invoked the first ever public hearing. The world had a chance to watch, review and analyze the expert testimony proffered. Now the decision is in the hands of the three arbitrators, Patrice Brunet,Richard H. Mc Laren, and Christopher L. Campbell . And let’s not forget the panel appointed expert from the WADA accredited laboratory in Rome, Dr. Francesco Botre.

After the openness of the hearing in May the world is waiting and watching for the decision to be pronounced. I am left with many questions, are the arbitrators and science advisor meeting in the same location? Are they communicating via phone, fax or email? Are the conversations between all members or does two arbitrators make it a quorum?

I am waiting for the words. I am waiting for the words that will start the healing process. I suppose healing for one side, is enraging for the other side. As people on both sides of the Atlantic have already condemned Floyd based on nothing more than sloppy lab work and the sanctity of following a process.

Here’s the scoreboard so far:

Against: 3 - 0

Against: 2 - 1 TBV, Finger Food

For: 2 - 1

For: 3 - 0 Bill Hue, Moi

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