The 2023 Hungarian National Championships began today but one Olympian is not listed among the competitors.
26-year-old Olympic medalist Tamas Kenderesi is absent from the start lists and stated today that this is due to two primary factors. One is his having to deal with chronic shoulder pain and the other is due to a pending alleged doping violation involving his biological passport.
According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), ‘the fundamental principle of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is to monitor selected biological variables over time that indirectly reveal the effects of doping, rather than attempting to detect the doping substance or method itself.’
Kenderesi’s statement to SzPressz News Service describes that his disputed blood sample stems from a blood donation that took place in April of 2022.
“The evening after the blood donation, doping inspectors came to our apartment and took a blood sample. I clearly stated on the doping control sheet that I had donated 450 ml of blood the previous day (blood loss).
“However, when the blood sample was processed, they did not record blood donation on the Hematologica data sheet, but mistakenly recorded blood transfusion, which also erroneously affected my biological passport.
“Based on this, WADA‘s Austrian expert initiated an investigation in which some of the previously unobjectionable blood samples (mainly in 2017, i.e. some of my results, which were already taken and rigorously checked 5 years earlier) were later classified as objectionable and abnormal without re-analysis.
“Of the 11 blood samples taken in 2017, three were classified as invalid, I don’t know for what reason. Another three were transported to foreign laboratories in serious violation of cooling regulations, even in the 39-degree summer heat. In addition, a sample was taken during training, ignoring the requirements of the relevant regulations.”
The chapter on atypical passports of WADA‘s results management regulations stipulates: “2.1. 7.1 If there is a deviation from WADA‘s Athlete Biological Passport requirements for sample collection, transport and analysis, the biomarker result obtained from this sample affected by non-compliance cannot be taken into account in the adaptive model calculations (for example, under certain transport conditions, RET may be affected, while the HGB does not).”
According to Index.Hu, three independent foreign analytical experts are now reviewing Kenderesi’s data and will submit their findings to the Hungarian anti-doping authorities who will then make an ultimate decision on the swimmer’s outcome.
Kenderesi told SzPressz News Service, “I am convinced that in the process my innocence will be confirmed. I have never used a prohibited substance, a prohibited method, and I have not committed a doping violation.
“Blood and urine samples were taken 48 times and 51 times for doping control purposes. All were found to be fine. They have never, not once, found a prohibited substance, substance residue, or method in my body.”
Kenderesi, who claimed 200m fly bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games, says he will use all legal options to prove that the doping accusation against him is based on a false assumption, for the sake of himself and his fellow athletes. He also says his innocence will ultimately refute the infallibility of WADA‘s biological passport system.
Kenderesi says he has not been able to do a full workout for 6 months.
More statistical and detailed data is included in the Index.Hu article here.