Wednesday, June 5, 2013

ITF on Biogenesis

The ITF's commitment to transparency continues...


Kudos to Tom Perrotta for posing the question to the ITF. Hopefully, the media will not be satisfied with such a lame response.

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  1. By gosh, SnR, what do you mean by "lame response"? I'd call it an (unconsciously) honest response by a lame entity: Of course they are "unable", lamed as they are by the monetary sword they live by.
    P.S. Yes, kudos to Tom Perrotta.

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  2. I loved reading Perrotta when he wrote for Tennis.com, glad to see he is not blind/mute like the other reporters (Tignor tries sometimes, but he is rather timid).

    I wouldn't be surprised if the ITF top brass were ANNOYED when there are things like Biogenesis popping up in the news. Anyway, I see they still master the art of the empty responses. I long for the day tennis will have an truly independent body regulating testing and TUEs. PLease tell me this is going to happen sooner than later, for I love the game (the Gasquet-Wawrinka was an amazing display of skill, offense and style, best match I have seen in a while and a far cry from the disgustingly superhuman (literally) matches of Nadal/Djokovic (USO 2011, AO 2012 and most probably FO 2013).

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  3. Sadly, much of the tennis media will still act as though doping doesn't exist in tennis. Or ignore the issue altogether as they've been doing for years.

    Hopefully people like Perrotta, Bonnie Ford, and Simon Cambers can hold the ITF's feet to the fire and keep pressing them until they crack. The ITF is just hoping that the reporters get tired of asking questions, give up and move on to something else, like oh, say, a male player said something nasty about a female player. Scandal!

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  4. Yeah, the other day, Mary Carillo tried to ridicule Gilles Simon for what he said a while ago regarding mens vs womens prize money (she even waited until it was clear that Federer was going to win, to add insult to injury). So yes, these things are distractions and the media are too happy to comply and eat it up.

    I'd love it if Bonnie Ford were to investigate Nadal/Djokovic/Ferrer/Serena Williams like she at times did with Armstrong.

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  5. You let out the one who made a legendary name out of it

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  6. If Federer had been able to play two grueling matches in a row like Nadal did at AO 2009 or Djokovic at AO 2012 for instance, he would be as much of a suspect as the other two (granted, they are all suspicious but some more than others). It's like they never tire... And Ferrer, it's not even funny how obvious it is that he is getting help from "outside sources".

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  7. Saw on TV today that Lindsey vonn had to pee in a cup during an award show mandated by the Olympic committee. And then they showed a fencer who said that's routine cause Olympians have to be tested all the time more than any other professional sport. Well, if that's the case, tennis should undergo such scrutiny given Itz Olympic participation. They have to wait a few months to get her results.
    ITF is to tennis as UCI was to cycling. Don't involve us, we don't know anything ever.

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  8. The ITF doesn't want to be bothered...

    Off topic (I have not spoken about the following with anyone in years), but does anyone actually believe that the olympic sprinters (Usain Bolt etc. - he is the only one I know) are clean?! Or is it rather a foregone conclusion that they all dope and people/commentators play along, nudging and winking?

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    1. I'll go with the "foregone conclusion" angle.

      The optimist in me hopes they are clean, but the cynical pessimist in me looks at the long, long, long list of track and fielders who have tested dirty and it is near impossible for me to believe even 5% are clean.

      Several Jamaican track and fielders have tested positive and been given doping bans, but Bolt has yet to test positive. Of course in the case of someone like Marian Jones, that means zilch. She never tested positive and she later admitted that yes she used.

      Justin Gatlin who served a four-year ban for doping from 2006-2010 recently won a race at the age of 31. Interviewed afterwards it was all "hard work" and "dedication" that contributed to his win. Sorry if I'm not buying what he's selling.

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    2. No, Usain is probably not clean. I believe Dick Pound mentioned how lax testing is in Jamaica (apparently Jamaica's anti-doping programme has been under scrutiny)

      "Usain Bolt having had 12 test tubes of blood taken from him in three days"

      Really? Seems overboard to appear they are doing their work. I wouldn't doubt these tubes were taken during the off-season before any actual "training" commenced or after all the "training" has been done.

      "Dr Herbert Elliott, chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), said that between May 2011 and March 2013, a total of 780 anti-doping tests were conducted by that entity. Of this number, 406 were in-competition testing, while the remainder were done out of competition."

      I wonder if this is a lot or very little.

      JADCO has only been recently been established in 2008, around the time that Usain ran a 9.58. WADA has ordered a restructuring of JADCO in 2010. Guess what happened? Usain's time went down to a 9.76. Hmmm?

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    3. News flash, two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin just beat Bolt in a Golden Gala race. Gatlin being "clean" might be an even bigger laugher than Nadal, Djokovic or Serena.

      Gatlin running nearly as fast as he did back in 2004 when he won the Olympic gold. Yet another athlete who mysteriously runs faster and better as he gets older.

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  9. This article says it all -- http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/06/scandal_no_win_for_mlb

    There is no hope whatsoever; none. End of story.

    As someone once mentioned here, it will take someone's heart exploding while playing on international television for anything to change in tennis, let alone in the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc...

    Sigh.

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    1. You are more fixated with Federer than his fans. Says everything really.

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    3. Rant is not debate, and that is all you offer. You say nothing that any other troll hasn't already said before you. You aren't interesting enough to debate with. Of course, with your silly little nom de plume and decoration, you are probably too vain to perceive that.

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    5. Yes exactly Foxy??? Guys on this website seem to have very limited thought processes. I asked them the same question in the past. How are they going to be able to complain all day long when Tennis is tarnished and when every talented player is looked upon as a doper???
      They can't foresee the future. Don't blame them

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    6. Most, even all, top players may be doping. This site has pretty much established that, and without your assistance. But if you have any brains you don't seek to prove a case with your weakest argument, such as by putting Federer ahead of a player like Nadal or Serena as providing strong circumstantial evidence of doping. But in your very apparent anti-Federer/pro-Serena/Nadal bias (and that of your puffing little alter ego, "Foxy") I guess you haven't the wit to see that.

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  11. I hope Tsonga wins the whole thing, he is more likely to be clean than the rest of them

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  12. Tsonga is one of those talented, and highly unlucky player who is playing in a very competitive era, it would be nice to see him win a major.

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  13. Errani won one game against Serena. LOL. What a farce. This is the SF of a grand slam for god's sake!

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  14. We've had worse. Remember the Graf - Zvereva final in 1988.

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  15. As multiple witnesses have now come forward to testify in the Biogenesis case, the ITF has plenty of opportunity to determine whether hGh was also being supplied to tennis players.

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2013/6/7/4405924/biogenesis-scandal-mlb-reportedly-has-multiple-sources/in/4162293

    Will the ITF publish a report on its findings? Or will we get just the usual bland press release?

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