Friday, June 14, 2013

ITF Anti-Doping Update

The agenda for the International Tennis Federation's 2013 AGM has been posted.

The ITF states (p. 7):
"Savings of $180,000 were made in Anti-Doping as legal, tribunal and programme administration costs were all lower than expected due to fewer positive cases."
That makes it the 4th consecutive year the ITF has underspent its anti-doping budget.

Further (p. 98):
"Testing under the 2013 TADP [Tennis Anti-Doping Programme] is ongoing, and at the time of writing, around 650 samples have been collected from 25 events, including Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Grand Slams, ATP Tour and WTA Tour. In March, the Anti-Doping Working Group, which includes representation of the ITF, Grand Slams, ATP and WTA committed to making three key changes to the Programme: increased out-of-competition testing; increased blood testing; introduction of the ‘Athlete Biological Passport’. These changes, which are anticipated to come into effect in the second half of 2013 will ensure that tennis remains a leader in anti-doping.

"A total of 38 Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) were granted under the TADP in 2012. The average time from receipt of a complete TUE application to a decision by the TUE Committee was 2.6 days."
It is now the "second half of 2013" have the "key changes" been implemented? What substances were TUEs granted for?

Also, here is the budget forecast (p. 11):

These numbers don't appear to support stories of increased anti-doping funding (also see here) that were reported earlier this year.

I trust journalists will question the ITF about these matters.


  1. Maybe an organization which consistently under-spends due to fewer than expected positive cases and fewer than expected tribunals should consider changing its approach.

    Budget honestly is a tricky balance. Other things being equal, we could give them the benefit of the doubt, but all other things are not equal in this case. I would like to see them spend up the rest of the budget on testing/investigation, and if that leads to the need for additional tribunals in the next fiscal year, adjust the budgeted testing accordingly in that following year. That seems a more efficient use of resources than constantly under-spending.

  2. "What substances were TUEs granted for?"


    Do we have statistics for prior years and the players who requested TUE at the time? It would be very helpful in seeing if there are some patterns from players using a loophole in the system. One wonders why (sports) reporters aren't interested in stuff like that.

  3. Anti-doping is also listed as an income line item . It is listed underneath the "Wheelchair silver fund" and shows that $1.376 million was received by the ITF for 2012 and 1.391 million is budgeted for 2013.

    Presumably, this is the money that the tournaments and the grand slams pay into the ITF to run the doping program. So, really, the anti-doping program costs the ITF next to nothing -- roughly $50,000 in 2012 and its statements that paying for for anti-doping is taking away from other programs is ridiculous. It appears that anti-doping largely pays for itself and the ITF is contributing next to nothing to the actual cost of running test -- though they do foot "Dr." Millers ridiculously high salary. (Note, "Dr." Miller is not a medical doctor, but merely uses the title because he possesses a PhD in biomechanics).

  4. Could we get some comments from Steffi Graf or John McEnroe about this info?

  5. How to get a list of players using TUE?

    1. And compared to cycling on granted TUE by UCI, how far was ITF?

    2. I'd love to get that list and also see what kind of exemptions players received.

  6. Got a link in New York Times, but only to see deleted content. It is titled "Examining Nadal's Knee Injury". Anyone ever read this one?

    1. You can actually see (unworthy) the mobile version of that video at:

  7. I see that sprinter Victoria Campbell-Brown has been popped for doping.

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    2. I can't say I am surprised about this, but judging from this article, she might get away with a mere slap on the wrist:

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    4. Not surprised at all. First off, track and field may be the one sport dirtier than cycling and Jamaican doping authorities are extremely weak. Jamaica has had scores of track and fielders fail drug tests once they leave Jamaica.

    5. How prevalent is doping in athletics?

      Got to:

      Click on: "List of athletes currently serving a period of ineligibility as a result of an anti-doping rule violation under IAAF Rules"

      It's 16 pages!

  8. Hey does the ITF still publish recent list of missed tests ? this should really be put forward, I don't understand this is like the key to the whole thing. It looks like that's how players are exploiting the system.

    I don't understand why these lists are not made public ? What's the whole point otherwise, what is the whole testing shit for ? We have to "trust" them, on faith ? You gotta be kidding me.
    Nobody cares of in-tournament testing, of course you would have to be a retard to show up with illegal products in your system AT a tournament.

    Could this be the reason why Nadal stopped for so long ? To refresh his missed tests quotas ?

    This shit is ridiculous, and medias are a bunch of retards. Make me want to scream when I hear the shit they got to say on TV. "Poor Nadal got a warning from the umpire for time violation, what a disgrace." One guy apply the rules and it's the end of the world. Of course, if there was a doping scandal everyone is fucking fired.

    Maybe what is happening now, is that they are trying to keep up appearances filtering the bottom of the rankings and they are like "whatever for the current top players, what's done is done". That's why no under 24 are remotely coming close. There is no "new generation", because they are being watched on doping, and they are competing with people possibly exploiting the system, experienced at it, well advised, and rich/popular/respected enough to get away with it.

    All players should be tested out of tournament 5 to 6 times a year at regular intervals. Piss, blood, hair, whatever it takes. They are making millions and they are whining like little bitches.

    lol@ Marita Koch, that cunt!

    1. Nadal did receive an uncanny amount of tests early this year, but they were dubiously placed all around the same sort of time, as if to keep up appearances or meet some quota to satisfy the naive of the skeptics. The fact that it came right after some skeptical inquiry into his prolonged absence from the tour (and his extremely questionable reasoning to withdraw from the Australian Open this year) across the internet is more than a little bit fishy, as well as the fact that it was a VERY anomalously highly concentrated amount.

      I'm not sure how many OOC tests Nadal was scheduled but it could well be that he needed to reach that all important 18 month threshold. Or he didn't want to play on hard courts because he is a pussy who will do whatever it takes to miss MANDATORY events that won't favour his chances to keep the world under the illusion that he simply cannot be beaten when 100%, and bolster his win loss %, which is currently very skewed by absence from everything but clay. Or he served a provisional suspension before being exonerated at tribunal with a backdated TUE for a fabricated injury. OR he was genuinely injured with a career threatening chronic condition in a joint he recently pulverized across 9 tournaments that he won almost all of upon his return. The only one that seems utterly ridiculous is painfully obvious.

      Thanks to the amazing transparency of the ITF and the Anti Doping Program, cases like this are shrouded in mystery, requiring guesswork based on the clues presented by the behaviors of the athletes and the testing procedures. So many people are of the mindset that this is simply completely unjustified accusation and that all athletes are completely innocent (OF ALL SUSPICION) until there is hard evidence, that the ITF can get away with it, and the skeptics can be shouted down by the naive masses who buy into this crap. Apparently hard evidence is the only evidence.

      I think many people agree with the idea of keeping up appearances with the lower ranks. How many times have we been told that some qualifier from 100+ in the rankings has been found guilty of an anti doping violation?

      And then you have the performance and behavioral history of someone like Nadal, and we are supposed to think that he is clean?

      My spider (otherwise known as common) sense says otherwise.

    2. This can never be said enough: "a pussy who will do whatever it takes to miss MANDATORY events that won't favour his chances to keep the world under the illusion that he simply cannot be beaten when 100%, and bolster his win loss %, which is currently very skewed by absence from everything but clay."

      This is so obvious to any serious follower of the sport that it is saddening that no one in the mainstream sports press (to my knowledge) has even raised the hypothesis.

    3. A couple of questions:

      How can we know that Nadal was tested many times earlier this year? Where is the evidence of this, apart from the claims of Team Nadal?

      Secondly, have the players stopped tweeting their doping controls? It seems there was a fashion for it last year.

    4. Valid.

      Maybe they were finally made aware of the stupidity of bemoaning their own chosen testing times.

    5. "a pussy who will do whatever it takes to miss MANDATORY events that won't favour his chances to keep the world under the illusion that he simply cannot be beaten when 100%, and bolster his win loss %, which is currently very skewed by absence from everything but clay."

      Nadal will go down in history as the player with the best win/loss record for this very reason. What a friggin joke. And to think he actually has fans.

    6. On wikipedia they should add a tennis record "most missed mandatory tournaments as a top 10 player"
      "most time violations without receiving a warning"

      All this will eventually be documented someday hopefully, everything is on record. Anybody willing to look you in the eye and bring forward Nadal's win/loss record as a fact of his greatness would have to be a retard.

      I think it's the 3rd time or 4rth time he has done that in his Carreer.
      2006, 2009, 2012
      His toy breaks every 3 years or something.

  9. a fan?

  10. Eurosport

    "Shocking new drug testing statistics in tennis revealed";_ylt=AjBv7Ht2HHkfiwGtRVpES.9Bg4t4;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0cW45ZnEzBG1pdANGZWF0dXJlZCBNZWdhdHJvbiBUZW5uaXMgU0YEcGtnAzJkYmJiMzI0LWZlZjQtMzZjYi04YmI3LWYzMTI1N2NiODNiNgRwb3MDMQRzZWMDbWVnYXRyb24EdmVyAzFmZGU2OTgyLWQ4NGMtMTFlMi1hZDc1LWU4YjI5MzBkZGEyOA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFvajVtbmtqBGludGwDZXVyb3BlBGxhbmcDZW4tZ2IEcHN0YWlkAwRwc3RjYXQDdGVubmlzBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

    1. Rafael Nadal: "Tennis not need testing because tennis clean sport, no?"

      P.S. Thanks for the link Alex.