Famed cyclist Chris Froome fails drug test; claims to have stayed in limits

01-04-2018 Posted in Addiction

In recent times, a number of celebrities like Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga have grabbed limelight not for their talent but for their addiction to substances like drugs and alcohol. In fact, substance abuse is quite prevalent across all domains of life, ranging from cinema to sports. While the common masses are yet to accept the harsh truths shared by these celebrities, another esteemed name was added to this long list recently.

On Sep 7, Christopher Clive Froome (aka Chris Froome), a British road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Team Sky and a four-time Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner, failed a urine test after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a España. Damaging his reputation, recent reports revealed the presence of double the permitted limit of salbutamol in his system. Used as a legal asthma drug, it is misused due to its potential to ensure quick relief.

Still under the examination by the cycling chiefs at Team Sky, he could be stripped off any title achieved during this period and banned for up to 12 months. However, he has consistently stated his innocence in the case.

Failing drug test turns damaging to Froome’s reputation

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) permits the consumption of 1,600 micrograms of salbutamol as long as limited to inhaling over a 24-hour period and no more than 800 micrograms in 12 hours. This does not require the therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the patients. As compared to the permitted limit of 1,000 ng/ml, a concentration of 2,000 ng/ml was found in Froome’s urine sample.

Reiterating his point that he has followed the protocol of the event, Froome stated, “Sure, this is damaging. It has come as a huge shock to me. But at the same time, I know that within me I have fundamentally followed the protocol. I have not overstepped any boundaries and I hope by the end of this process that will be clear to everyone and I will be exonerated of any wrongdoing.”

For further inquiry, Froome has provided the UCI with the substantial data that explains the reason for the presence of high amount of medication in his urine. This data includes his everyday eating routine, the number of times he stopped to pee during the race every day, the number of puffs used to treat asthma, etc. Adding further, he said, “the detailed information we have been able to provide the authorities is vast, and I hope we will be able to find out the real cause of the problem.”

Drug addiction is a menace

One of the finest examples to understand the severity of drug abuse is the current situation of Froome. Although the proceedings are still on for the case, it has proven to be a warning sign that abusing any form of drug not only harms a person’s health but also his or her reputation. It is important for an individual to prevent and avoid drug abuse to lead a healthy life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, it is important to seek immediate professional help. The 24/7 Drug Addiction Helpline through a team of experts assists in getting in getting in touch with the best inpatient drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-403-5607 or chat online to get in touch with the centers offering the right kind of help for drug addiction.