Update #2: Quite a development. Neil Harman has written piece advocating for better anti-doping controls in tennis: "The problem with tennis is not whether it has a cheating culture, but that if it does, unless there is a dramatic shift in approach, we will never know about it." (If you want to read the whole article Google "Lax drug-testing casts undue shadow over centre court" and click on the link to "The Australian")
There are also rumours swirling regarding Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová. Ben Rothenberg has reported on twitter that the "ITF says at this point it cannot confirm/deny rumors of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova testing positive, as reported in Czech media."
Update #1: Tennis anti-doping boss Stuart Miller did an interview with BBC Radio today. Just listen to it. Starts at 5.30 mark.
***Some thoughts to carry people through the 2nd week of the Australian Open. The quotes below come from Charlie Francis (who was Ben Johnson's sprint coach), appearing in his book Speed Trap, published all the way back in 1990. And no offense to Tyler Hamilton, but Francis's book is far superior to The Secret Race. Anyway, here's some of the things Francis had to say:
"...steroids are training drugs, an investment for a future advantage. User improve because they can train harder and faster--and superior training yields superior performances down the road. When a world-class athlete claims he doesn't need steroids because he "work hard," he is stating a non sequitur. It is the steroids that allow him to work so hard--to increase his training capacity and withstand extreme physiological stress, thereby raising his performance level." (p. 90-91)
"International sport is moving irrevocably toward a two-tiered athletic society--to prosecute the great mass of uninformed and expendable players, while giving carte blanche to a handful of well-connected superstars. Doping control in the 1990s will formalize limited, beatable testing--a controlled and selective roulette with the risk of major scandal. The anxious network sugar daddies will be appeased, the record-hungry fans satiated. And if the competitions become over-produced Hollywood farces, with an ever-widening gap between the few authentic contenders and all the rest with no chance, who will be the wiser." (p. 299)
"If we are to have drug testing worthy of the name, it must be administered by an independent agency, one without ties to the commercial side of the sport." (p. 302)
"...as long as hundredths of seconds translate into millions of dollars and blinding celebrity, athletes will do whatever they can to win." (p. 302)
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