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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
Responding to the debate on Therapeutic Use Exemptions in general and Marcel Kittel’s remarks in particular, Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland has called for a more nuanced discussion on TUEs plus a better understanding of the circumstances for diabetics in sport.
Earlier this month Kittel commented on TUEs, suggesting that those needing such exemptions to take otherwise banned medications should not be allowed compete in standard competitions.
“If someone has serious asthma, they do not belong in high-performance sport,” he said, apparently referring to the circumstances of the Bradley Wiggins case without naming the rider. “The Paralympics were introduced so that those with one leg could have the chance to compare themselves against others. It is logical that they would not have a chance against those with all their limbs. But they have the chance to measure themselves against others on the same level.
“If someone has serious breathing problems, then for me he does not belong in that group, because he needs help… If someone has a bad asthma attack, then he either can’t be a high-performance athlete because it is chronic or, if it just happens occasionally, then he has to leave that competition. If I crash and break my collarbone, I can also take 100 pain pills, but I am in fact ill and have to abandon the race.”
Southerland’s team is comprised of riders who all have type one diabetes. These all need daily shots of insulin and, because it is otherwise a banned medication, are granted TUEs because of their condition and the necessity of the injections. While he believes a debate is necessary, he emphasises the need for nuance and understanding in that debate.
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