A few weeks ago, I asked the ITF about their test distribution planning. They would not divulge anything. As a result, I decided to ask some national anti-doping bodies about their role and view on ITF testing for performance enhancing drugs. Thus far, UK Anti-Doping has responded:
I'm surprised by UKAD's response. I thought they'd be supportive of the ITF, or provide assurances that the ITF provides stringent controls. However, the answer by UKAD makes no comment on rigor. Instead, UKAD makes it clear that they are not involved in any way with the ITF's doping control planning and administration at Wimbledon. Interesting.
Here's the e-mail I sent to UKAD that prompted the response above (note that I mentioned my findings regarding testing at Wimbledon 2009 and forwarded them the ITF's response):
PS: A forgotten victim in the whole Contador mess was the Spanish beef industry. Cantador and the Spain's anti-doping body, basically threw the entire industry under the bus with the "contaminated meat" story. Here's is the cattle farmer's reaction to the guilty verdict:
“This shows that our system of traceability and food safety is one of the best around and is homogeneous with all other EU countries,” the organization, which goes by the acronym ASOPROVAC, said in a statement. “This decision that puts an end to (our) work ... in defending our food safety system, which has come under scrutiny following false accusations.”