So, what are sports doing?
|Tennis is far behind in out of competition testing.|
The data show that tennis ranks dead last by a large margin in the absolute number of OOC tests conducted among the comparators. Cycling's testing volumes are of no surprise. However, in 2010, rugby conducted 3.7 times more OOC tests than tennis even though rugby carried out about 800 fewer anti-doping tests overall. Also, swimming conducted 5.4 times as many while doing 200 total few tests.
The second main finding is that not only do these other international governing bodies conduct more out of competition tests in absolute terms, but such tests account for a substantial proportion (if not outright majority) of their anti-doping testing. For 2010, they're all above 45 percent. Tennis OOC testing accounts for a paltry 11 percent of total anti-doping tests.
Clearly, tennis is not only late to the OOC game, but they're making little use of the tool. It's worth noting that out of competition testing in tennis is primarily focussed on players that must submit whereabouts info. Those players are the ATP top 50, WTA top 50, top 10 doubles players and top 5 men, women and quad wheelchair players. Therefore, given the minimal amount of OOC testing conducted, most were concentrated on about 155 players, meaning (1) the overwhelming majority of tennis players will never be face an ITF out of competition doping test in their entire career; and (2) a top player will typically face no more than a single OOC test a year. The end result: The chances of getting caught for doping out of competition are slim to none. Yet players complain about the testing on twitter...
Does the above sound like an effective out of competition program that would deter performance enhancing drug use? Why is tennis making such pathetic use "one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping"?
Makes you wonder what "modern test distribution methods" they're using.
These facts should trouble any tennis fan (and journalist) who wants the sport to be clean (rather than those who like to pretend it is).