Dolce: TRT criteria needs to be more strict

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DOLCE: I’m with you 100 percent. That’s why I think the list of the criteria to enter into the TRT program should be extremely stringent. But the athlete’s need, the patient’s need, in some cases is legitimate. Those are the guys I believe are stepping up and they’re risking the public scrutiny by saying, hey, I’m doing this because my doctor says I should and the athletic commissions have legal remedies to allow someone in my situation to do this. The guys who are actually speaking up and being above-board with it, I don’t think they should be vilified. That was really the point of my rant on the podcast. They shouldn’t be vilified. They’re coming forward, letting their blood be reviewed by multiple agencies and entities. The media can be skeptical, but they’re being above-board about it and then they’re just getting kicked in the nuts.

I think that’s the wrong way to go to truly clean up the sport. I think there should be tremendous oversight. I believe guys in the TRT program should be tested every four weeks, 12 months out of the year. If you’re in it, you’re in it for life. You get tested year-round, and if you’re above you get suspended. No fine, just straight to a safety suspension for four months, which seems like a good starting point. And while you’re suspended, you should still have to produce four months worth of blood work before you’re allowed to compete again. Because there are guys with a legitimate need, and they’re the ones getting vilified.

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