Omerta...The WADA is currently undertaking a consultation for revised its anti-doping code. The first phase of the consultation is closed and the WADA posted the comments received. I decided to take a look at the comments to see if the International Tennis Federation (ITF) made any submissions. They did. And one comment left me dumbstruck. It deals with article 10.5.3 of the WADA regarding reducing an athlete's ban if they offer substantial assistance. Here is the ITF's submission (p. 52-53):
A "cultural omerta"? This is a quite the statement coming from Stuart Miller. This is the same man who insisted tennis doesn't "lend" itself to doping. And that the lack of positive tests is an indication that the sport is "clean." Yet, in the comment above, that same man is saying that tennis may have a "cultural omerta" and that bigger incentives are needed get athletes to break omerta. Where did this come from? Whatever the reason this is the closest we've ever gotten to a tennis official admitting that the sport may have a widespread problem with doping, that players know it is going on, and that the players aren't speaking out.
Another thing, Miller's comment is clearly referencing Wayne Odesnik's "substantial assistance." Whatever happened to that?