Following preposterous rumours and unacceptable commentaries in public forums, Mr Presti would like to issue a statement in regards his alleged avoidance to comply with a sudden WADA anti-doping control right after Biel’s race. Please note that such WADA procedure was unbeknown to athletes, team managers and even to WIC organizers.
As soon as the marathon was over, Massi noticed an arrhythmic heartbeat, along with dizziness and breathing difficulties. He went straight to an ambulance, where medic personnel decided to take him to a hospital for a thorough physical examination, especially considering he’s got pre-existing cardiac conditions (in fact he underwent surgery in 1996).
While conducting medical tests in hospital, he was informed there and then by WIC authorities that he was drafted for post-race doping controls. A WADA officer brought forward the required protocols, for which Massi was subjected to a complete standard testing, including blood analysis. The response is already known, and it is NEGATIVE to any illegal substance. He was subsequently released from hospital and was driven to Italy.
Back at home, Mr. Presti did a general check-up and the diagnosis was cardiac arrhythmia due to stress. Not difficult to understand, given his lifestyle as a professional athlete that travels an average 10 hours every week to compete, then back to base again with accumulated tiredness, inadequate nourishment and sleeping loss during those trips… not to mention post-race mental strain and perhaps even injuries.
It is worth mentioning that Mr. Presti is a WADA athlete subscriber and can be subjected to unexpected testing anytime anywhere: as a matter of fact he’s got tested over a hundred times in his entire career. Besides, as a national elite athlete, the Italian Olympic Committee can check him up too in any given moment.
Mr. Presti regrets that certain people (mostly anonymous, not belonging to the professional environment) started spreading groundless hearsays before actually knowing the truth firsthand. Nevertheless, he acknowledges this kind of attitude has been going on for quite some time in our sport, mainly originating from envious people that do nothing more than damaging skaters’ reputations. So he concludes his statement affirming that he responds to this kind of wavering with his own skating: that’s why he showed up (and won) at Saint Gallen’s 111km race, in spite of the critics and rumours.