...In-competition testing gives the athletes ample warning to allow them to circumvent drug testing by other means than simply allowing for clearance times.Guess what? The statement was written in 1990 as part of Canada's "Commission of Inquiry into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance" (the "Dubin Inquiry"), which came about from Ben Johnson's positive test at the Seoul Olympics. I recently discovered that the entire report is available online (here). I'll be posting additional quotes over the next few days. The passage above is located on page 397.
Despite knowing the fallacy of in-competition testing, as they have for many years, the medical commissions, of sport organizations such as the IAAF and the IOC have taken no steps to make the fallacy more widely known. By failing to do so they have given the impression that their competitions are fair and that the laboratories cannot be fooled.
Not that we needed additional evidence of the poor state of tennis journalism, but this is inappropriate. Is not anyone aware of conflicts of interest (real or apparent)?