A picture is worth a thousand words. Here is the trend in blood testing conducted by the ITF's anti-doping program from 2006 (the year Dr. Stuart Miller assumed responsibility for administering the program) through 2011. All data (see end of post) are from the ITF's anti-doping webpage.
|Blood testing has decreased by 33 percent during Dr. Miller's tenure.|
In a remarkable turn of events, the ITF conducted fewer blood tests (both in-competition and out of competition) in 2011 than it did in 2006. How's that for progress? I'd be interested in hearing Dr. Miller's explanation regarding this troubling decline, representing a 33 percent decrease in blood testing since 2006.
The trend under Dr. Miller is made more astounding and disturbing given that last year the President of the WADA stated: "Of growing concern is the reluctance of Code signatories to undertake blood testing. Many performance enhancing drugs can only be detected by blood analysis and insufficient analysis of blood samples almost guarantees some doping cheats will succeed." It is clear that tennis is one of these reluctant signatories. What is going on in the tennis anti-doping program? Why has the ITF made it easier for doping cheats to succeed by reducing blood analysis?
In contrast, cycling went from just 4 out of competition blood tests in 2006 to over 4,981 out of competition blood tests in 2010. During the same time period, cycling went from 51 in-competition blood tests to 627 tests. Why is tennis going in the opposite direction?
The question remains: Why does Dr. Stuart Miller have responsibility for administering the ITF's anti-doping program? From his views on doping and tennis, to his actions on transparency, to the trend in blood tests, he has shown that he is not up to the task. How can the public and clean players have confidence in this program?
Dr. Miller should step down from his anti-doping responsibilities without delay. And the ITF should do the right thing and create a separate anti-doping unit with an enhanced budget and expert personnel.
|ITF Anti-Doping Statistics: Blood Testing 2006-2011|