Many years ago, after expressing my cynicism at repeated stories of athletes blaming their 'natural supplements' for failing sports drug testers, one of my newsletter readers send me a blistering email about the 'science' of how one could go positive on over the counter supplements. I remained skeptical.
I had a quite laugh when Andre Aggassi came out of the closet so to speak admitting he lied to the tennis body about his positive test for recreational drugs. For the record I have absolute respect for Andre and what he has achieved in tennis and life. I make no judgement about his fabrication or his drug use.
What I do believe his admission did was start to peel back the lid on some of the 'someone spiked my drink' stories....
Needless to say, the Women's Tennis Federation a few years ago entered into a deal with a supplement supplier that offered up a$1 million US payment for any athlete who tested positive whilst taking its supplements, after this company took its products to a World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) accredited lab to ensure its formulas met the standards required to avoid any doping offences from their consumption alone.