Doping in Tennis. Thanks.
Posted by tennisplanet on April 28, 2009
YR FAVE PLAYER DOPES
In late March, the ITF released its drug testing stats for 2008. While we heard much grumbling about how the players are so upset over being bothered by testers and how the ITF is so into catching dopers, we didn’t hear much about the release of the stats.
My username is reflecting how no player can be seen as clean.
Keep in mind, unlike other sports:
*Tennis does not release the results of who tested negative, compared to the USA Track and Field, which does so quarterly.
* Nothing in the Anti-Doping Programme for this year mentions that positive results must be released to the public. Also, the three person panel that reviews any test can ask, and receive, the name of the player under review.
*Tennis only tests the losers at the events.
The Tour de France catches people because after each stage in the three-week event, the overall leader, the stage winner, and two riders are tested at random. Also, every rider is tested after the first-day stage.
Compare 2008 UCI(Pro-Cycling’s ITF)Stats with the 2008 ITF Stats:
In-competition anti-doping tests
UCI conducted 5,509 Urine tests and 587 Blood Tests.
ITF conducted 1,770 Urine Tests and 157 Blood Tests(only done at Slams).
Out-of- competition anti-doping tests
UCI conducted 2,013 Urine Tests and 4,649 Blood Tests.
ITF/WADA conducted 91 Urine Tests and 0 Blood Tests
UCI conducted 12,758 tests to the ITF’s 2,018.
Pre-competition medical blood screens
UCI conducted 466 tests to the ITF’s 0.
Grand Total of UCI 13,224 to the ITF’s 2,018
UCI Registered Testing Pool: