Wednesday, July 24, 2013

French Senate Report on Doping

The French Senate's report on doping in sport is out. The report appears to be quite critical of the ITF. I would greatly appreciate a proper translation of the following passage:
Dans ce contexte, votre commission d'enquête souhaite que l'AFLD, la FFT et le ministère mettent tout en oeuvre afin que soit conclue, dès 2014, une convention entre l'AFLD et la FIT permettant à l'Agence française de réaliser des contrôles à Roland-Garros et à Paris-Bercy qui, bien que coordonnés avec ceux de la fédération internationale, seraient programmés de façon autonome. La fédération française de tennis, forte de l'organisation de plusieurs événements majeurs du tennis mondial, devrait jouer un rôle moteur dans la conclusion de tels accords.


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  2. Things are looking up (potentially). Can anyone confirm if these outline proposals are any different to what was exercised at Roland Garros 2009?

    (Forgive me, but from what I can understand, testing was somewhat different during that edition of the French Open, was it not?)

  3. In this context, your board of enquiry would like that the French Anti-Doping Agency, the French Tennis Federation (FTF), and the ministry make every effort to strike an agreement between the French Anti-Doping Agency and the ITF by 2014. That agreement would allow the French agency to conduct drug tests at Rolland-Garros and Paris-Bercy, which, even though would be coordinated with those of the ITF, would be organized independently. The FTF which organizes several major tennis events, would have to play a leading role in concluding such agreements

  4. Moderator, I think this deserve its own thread:

    Choice quote:

    Fischer said he and associates have identified athletes from the NBA,
    NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified. As far as he knows, Fischer said, Bosch had no clients from the NFL or NHL.

    He said the only sports entity he has heard from was Major League Baseball.

    1. Outside the lines seem to be doing their job huh? Big explosive news, not surprising but big if any other sports entities follow through.

    2. Hopefully this story doesn't die anytime soon.

      And that guy Fischer needs protection ASAP.

  5. Another parts are interesting in this report ( :

    - p.119 : In order to make tests, federations can delegate the organisation to private societies, such as the ITF with the Swedish private society IDTM (« International Doping Tests & Management »).

    - p.142 : Target groups (groupes cibles) can have different dimensions. In tennis, it contains 140 players, including the top 50 ATP and WTA, along with the top 10 double players, and top 5 wheelchair tennis. In cycling, this group contains 1000 runners.

    - p 146 : several federations appear to be very late for out of competition controls. In particular, it's the case of the ITF. [...] The majority of players did not have OOC controls in 2012- [...] Questioned on this point, Francesco Ricci Bitti said that in tennis, competition weeks are the main part of the year. [...] Stuart Miller added that players spend less time out of competition in tennis than in other sports.