Witness: How testing time left me feeling such a dope

Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:43pm EST
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By Steve Keating

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - It is the knock on the door every athlete at the Vancouver Winter Games dreads.

The mysterious man from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has just stopped by like an old friend who happened to be in the neighborhood and thought he might surprise you.

But this is no friendly visit.

This is a doping spot check and while tester Ken Wright seems like a nice guy, he immediately makes it clear that this is serious business.

Ken confirms that I am part of the testing pool for the U.S. baseball team, informs me that it is 4:26 p.m. (0026 GMT) on January 30 and that I have been selected for an unannounced out-of-competition test.

He flashes his identification and tells me that from this point on I cannot leave his sight, not even for a second, until I have provided him with a urine sample.

Big problem, I warn Ken. If he had arrived just a few minutes earlier I would have had what he was looking for, but now we will have to spend some time getting to know each other.

Not to worry, says Ken, who has waited more than five hours to get a sample. I assure him I will not keep him that long.   Continued...