Vojtěch Sommer is a Czech triathlete who has been sanctioned for using synthetic EPO. The short film above provides a brief introduction to his case and the science issues at play. You can find extensive documentation about this case here, Sommer's blog, where he has been documenting his case.
The Sommer case is being explored by a group of top Norwegian scientists who are unaffiliated with WADA but are recognized as exceptional scientists. This is the third case involving synthetic EPO that these scientists have raised questions about, the other two being the cases of Erik Tysse and Steven Colvert.
Here in PDF is their evaluation of the Sommer positive doping test. They do not mince words:
We have carefully evaluated the documents that report the tests performed on Vojtěch Sommer's A‐ and B‐samples and also additional explanation from the Dreden laboratory. We find no scientific evidence in these documents which proves the presence of rEPO in Sommer's urine.. .These cases each raise important questions about justice for these athletes, but more generally, they illustrate the pressing need for independent scientific expertise in anti-doping.
The laboratory‘s treatment of the analysis results is superficial, and illustrates again that all too many WADA accredited laboratories produce sub‐optimal work that fall short of quality standards expected of analytical laboratories (see references 1‐8). Such behaviour clearly jeopardizes the rights of athletes and can in some cases best be characterized as abusive . .
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?