I was contacted by Henley and provided her with some background on provisional suspensions.
Here's a short excerpt from the article:
"Given that WADA Code allows signatories to make their own decision on whether or not to announce positive tests when they occur, it seems the ITF could halt the rumor mill for good by agreeing to make all positive tests public whether they result in a suspension or not. Miller says they have decided against taking that route “because ‘positive tests’ are subject to an initial review which may reveal reasons why it should not be taken forward, such as the existence of a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption.”The article also gives us a new classic quote from ITF anti-doping boss Stuart Miller: "A philosophy that there is systematic doping would be more founded on a belief that the use of prohibited substances is necessary to reach the top."
The blog gets mentioned by name (with a link) in the article.
One of my goals when taking over the blog last year was to put an emphasis on factual analysis and asking questions about transparency. It seems that this approach is gaining some traction.
Let's hope the questions continue.
I thought I'd post another Stuart Miller quote noted by Henman Bill in the comments: "Yes, you have some long tennis matches, but if you look at how long the ball is in play in a tennis match, it’s somewhere between 7 and 11 minutes per hour...In grass court tennis, in a five hour match, the ball might be in play for 35 minutes."
Why is the ITF's anti-doping manager consistently downplaying the risk of doping?
In relation to Update #1, in 2010, the Wall Street Journal examined four NFL broadcasts and found that "the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes."
Dr. Stuart Miller, what say you?