Adams claimed that an unknown woman inserted cocaine into his mouth at the nightclub. Two witnesses testified on his behalf that there was an immediate commotion at the Vatikan Club, but neither saw the alleged offence.So he was assaulted by an unknown woman in a club - an incident that was witnessed by two other people - and that was the source of the cocaine. He is not a cocaine user; his status as a role-model and an exemplar of sportsmanship and perseverance in the face of adversity is unshaken.
Adams, who needs to self-catheterize, testified that the only catheter he had at the Ottawa race was the one used immediately after the club incident. Scientific experts testified on the likelihood that a catheter contaminated with dried urine from a previous use could lead to the offence. Adams had said that the cost of the catheters meant that he didn't dispose of them after a single use, and admitted they weren't always thoroughly cleaned.
That the bureaucrats from Athletics Canada can make statements like,
"At any time, when there's a positive test, it impacts athletics," Joanne Mortimore, the CEO of Athletics Canada, said on Tuesday. "As far as the implications for athletes with a disability, I think it's the same as a high performance athlete that's tested positive."is positively shameful - an automatic, programmed response without any acknowledgement of the facts of the case. This is a sad day for athletics in Canada, and yet another triumph of BAH - Bureaucracy, Administrative control, and Hierarchy - over thoughtfulness and insight.
For shame, Athletics Canada. For shame!
And kudos to Jeff Adams, who maintained his composure and civility during his interview on As It Happens this evening. You are still a hero and an exemplar of perseverance in the face of adversity - particularly when the adversity is caused by those on whom you count for support.
A couple of media notes: The Globe and Mail report conveniently neglects to provide the full facts of the case, namely any mention of the contamination incident. This leads the braying pack animals in its comments section to jump to conclusions about fallen heroes with comparisons to Ben Johnson. Shame on the Globe for such shoddy reportage. The CBC and The Star get it right. And, Athletics Canada has already distanced themselves from association with Jeff Adams. The Google hit now points to a "We're sorry, not found" page. Thank goodness for the Google cache.
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