In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes in the WTC Registered Testing Pool (RTP) are subject to out-of-competition testing and are accountable for maintaining accurate "Whereabouts" using the secure online Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). The WTC Anti-Doping Program also includes collection of blood samples in accordance with the WADA Code Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines.
"I called WTC immediately after I was informed about the suspension,” Michael notes. "We discussed my plans to return to professional racing and my wish to remain in the testing pool.”
"Both Michael and the WTC agreed that it was important that, given his intention to return to Ironman competition, he remain in the WTC RTP for the period of his ineligibility," said Kate Mittelstadt, WTC Director of Anti-Doping. "We will continue to monitor his whereabouts and test him so that there is no lapse in his test history or Athlete Biological Passport."
Michael has been maintaining his whereabouts in ADAMS for several years and has never missed a test or been charged with a failure in recording his location. ADAMS requires athletes to record in advance their base locations, training- and race schedules, travel plans, and all activities throughout the day. WTC, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) administrators can access this information at any time and send officials worldwide for collecting blood and urine samples without notice.
Weiss lives 2 miles from the USADA headquarters in Colorado Springs and is frequently tested while in Colorado training as well as when he was training and competing worldwide. Michael Weiss has never been tested positive in his career as a professional mountain biker and triathlete. For Michael, staying in the testing pool is an important responsibility as he maintains his innocence and continues to train as a professional, clean athlete.
For more information on WTC Anti-Doping: www.ironmanpromembership.com/anti-doping
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