Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Troicki CAS Appeal


Lausanne, 20 August 2013 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Victor Troicki against the decision taken by the Anti-Doping Tribunal of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), pursuant to which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and suspended from competition for a period of 18 months, commencing on 15 July 2013. At the time of writing, Victor Troicki has not filed a request for a stay of the challenged decision, which means that the suspension is currently being served by the player.

The CAS procedure is in progress and a decision will be issued in around four months, in accordance with the applicable time limits set out in the CAS rules.


  1. His grounds for appeal are not yet known but if the self-righteous indignation of his website remarks is anything to go by, he will predictably come a cropper in Lausanne. It looks like he is angling purely for a reduction in his ban anyway as he has not applied for a stay of the ban itself.

  2. Another one bites the dust:

    Shipwrecked name-change self-promoter crashes out of the US Open! Sharapova out to Bursitis. No more Sugarpova promotion stunts, alas!

    Will also mean less frantic fumbling with the mute button on my telly!

    1. Luckily, to make sure your mute-button gets enough attention, Michelle Larcher de Brito made it to the main draw! ;)
      (By beating our PED friend Karatantcheva btw)

  3. So, just for fun, a little timeline.....

    Tennis introduces blood passport around Wimbledon time.

    Ferrer forgets how to play tennis

    Nadal loses to Darcis at Wimbledon

    Bartoli wins Wimbledon, then retires from the sport

    Federer forgets how to play tennis

    Fish, the guy who went from fat to ultrafit overnight and suddenly has heart problems, is about to retire.

    Sharapova loses in R2 of Wimbledon to a nobody, loses to Stephens in Cincy, hires a coach for one match, fires him, decides to change her name to Sugarpova, decides not to change her name, then withdraws from US Open.

    Cilic gets popped by testing, it was a "supplement" accident, honest. A player who once missed 2 ooc tests, and promptly forgot how to play tennis for 18 months.

    Troicki gets popped for refusing to take a dope test. The doc gave him permission to skip the test, honest.

    Tsonga withdraws from Wimbledon with an "injury", and hasn't been seen since.

    Monfils withdraws from Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

    Simon loses R1 of Wimbledon, loses 5 matches in a row, and withdraws from the US Open. Another who once missed 2 oocs, and promptly folded hard.

    I wonder if the sport might try force the cheats out and start again. They've seen the mistakes baseball made with lenient punishments, and cycling too. A third route?

    1. Nice summary.

      But why allow they Nadal back & winning shit left and right? The guy, as we heard ad nauseam, with the most complicated history in bummed knees evah, honest.

      And what about "supposedly said" Williams, the most panicked creature on earth, honest?

      Let's not forget about Errani returning to normal/average form finally minus her grunt.

    2. The biggest p.ss taker must be Odesnik - basically caught red-handed twice yet somehow still playing the US Open. If anything shows up ITF anti-doping for the lame duck it is, it must surely be his case.

      I see Sharapova has set herself up nicely for the Cilic excuse - elevated blood sugar levels (whatever that means) - in case she ever gets popped. She can blame it all on her Sugarpova line in sweets!

    3. Kerber's also dropped off a cliff.

      I'd imagine there's a difference between testing in Slams and out of Slams, conspiracy alarm bells will go off big time if Nadal/Serena flop again.

    4. Good summary Arf. It has been a strange, strange few months. That however made Wimbledon the most interesting Grand Slam even in recent memory. It reminded me of the old days where there were a few big names around and the rest were matches where you had no real idea of who would win and it was good to tune in to see what might happen. As opposed to the robotic performances from the likes of Ferrer, Nadal, and Djokovic that make it so darn boring these days.

      As for Kerber wasn't she the one recently telling us the nonsense old story of "doping doesn't help in tennis"? What utter crap that is, I never get tired of acknowledging what nonsense that argument is. As though during the last Wimbledon championships Kerber and Peter Bodo should have been standing on their boxes on Speakers' Corner next to Marble Arch and yelled to the crowds that fitness, gym work outs, jogging and running, diet, and recovery techniques are all a complete waste of time and have no place in helping one play tennis, because it's solely about who can hit balls near yet still within the white line, nothing else comes into it.

    5. Interesting summary.

      Tipsarevic seems to have forgotten how to play tennis as well.
      Verdasco is somewhat of a surprising resurgent too this year.

      Has anyone ever wondered about Safina's retirement, by the way?

      As for Kerber's comment (was it her?), I find any pro-athlete in pretty much any sport suspect if they try to claim that PEDs don't help in their sport. I am only somewhat inclined to believe them to be THAT naive if they are way outside of the top in their sport...

    6. @ Robert & Mystery

      Sadly, that was Petkovic who served us that bs. I was rather disappointed at the utter lack of intelligence in everything she said about doping. In fact, it made her even more suspicious to me.

      Remember, she has been marketed to us (here in Germany) as a wunderkind with an incredible IQ and political interests, a critical mind, so they claimed, even getting a degree in political science while having a career in tennis...

      Though there is an interesting parallel between Kerber and Petkovic, they both get their tune-up at the same fitness academy in Offenbach. It is run by Schüttler /Waske, the former I have always suspected of doping tbh. (http://www.tennis-university.eu/de/tennisakademie)

      And miraculously, ever since, they have climbed the ranking ladder, always showing an incredible stamina...

      Their wins started the whole "Fräuleinwunder" euphoria in Germany's womens tennis...

      (As you might imagine, German tennis has been pretty desperate ever since Steffi retired)

    7. Well put. Would be nice to clear the dopers out and start anew, but there's too many loopholes, especially with all the injuries and diseases the athletes say they have giving them permission to take whatever they " need. " Or have the perfect excuse if something tests positive. Plus, doping is so advanced now, most likely used by the top athletes, not sure anti-doping organizations know how to test, when to test, or what to test for anymore, and looks like they arent gonna spend the money to research & improve, at least not the ITF. But commend other sports for trying. This is where Lance Armstrong needs to spill it out on the process/details of sophisticated doping.
      Looks like Monfils is playing US Open, and also in Winston-Salem tourney. And yet another chance for a nadal vs. fed quarter @ the Open.

    8. "Federer forgets how to play tennis"

      Federer is 32 and has forgotten how to play tennis all year.

      You edgy, edgy person.

  4. http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/08/sharapova-withdraws-us-open-due-right-shoulder-bursitis/48822/#.UhWLs39mmM2

    " Sources say that after her(Maria Sharapova) second-round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon, Sharapova went back to her home in Los Angeles and had a series of shots to treat pain in her surgically repaired shoulder. At least one of them was said to be a cortisone shot; the others may have been PRP (platelet rich plasma), which is said to use a portion of the patient's own blood to promote healing of injured tendons.

    Isn't that considered doping? Is was under debate when Tamira Paszek had such a treatment for her back back in 2008 or 2009. Here's an article on it.


    1. No, those treatments are not considered "doping" because the WADA has defined them to be "not doping."

      Glucocorticosteroids (including cortisone) are listed under Section S9 -- which prohibits their use in-competition only by "oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes." I would hate to see the "rectal route" used during competition. They are not prohibited out-of-competition, but prior use does need to be declared on the doping control form.

      In terms of PRP -- although it is clearly a type of blood transfusion is NOT banned because WADA reasons that "platlet-rich plasma therapy (PRPT) -- does not amount to doping because your own blood cannot be counted as a banned substance if it is injected into tissue rather than the bloodstream." (http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/Science_Medicine/Scientific%20Events/TUEC_Symposium_Strasbourg_2009/WADA-TUEC-Symposium-PRP-in-Light-of-2010-Prohibited-List.pdf). Yes, I am scratching my head as well.

      PRP was doping prior to 2010, but now it is not. (http://www.orthohealing.com/2010/10/19/wada-reverses-restrictions-of-treating-olympic-athletes-with-prp-platelet-rich-plasma/)

    2. Apparently, Nadal also uses this therapy (PRPT) for his knee : http://gototennis.com/2010/09/25/rafael-nadal-knee-update-his-doctors-spin-on-prp-therapy/

  5. Reports that the national Jamaican association has been told to improve its drug testing or it risks being ousted from the next Olympics.

    It's really strange when a (small) nation has many successful athletes all at once. And it's really suspicious when this same nation is not even testing its athletes properly...

  6. But I thought the London Olympics was being extra stringent? If so, how did these guys slip through the cracks? What's their secret?

  7. In celebrity hGH/PED use news:


    Interesting how the film industry is normalizing PED abuse for actors while blatantly fetishizing the male muscular body in their films.

    I don't watch those movies (for the obvious reasons) still I noticed how the emphasis on a sculpted physique for male actors has been beyond ridiculous in those boring-ass blockbuster movies.

    Think Mark Wahlberg/Hugh Jackman/Christian Bale/ any of those superheroes...

    1. Speaking of which, did anyone see this recent photo of Mel Gibson? Comical. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/mel-gibson-muscles_n_3785618.html

    2. Magic Mike comes to mind too. Remember seeing an interview with Mathew mcconaughey saying how he had to bulk up for this role, but then immediately lose a ton of weight for his next role. Itz truly amazing how actors bulk up so quickly for a role.

    3. ewwww. You could take this pic of Gibson and cut off the head and replace it with Stallone's and no one would notice the difference. Unbelievable. Remember how fat he used to be?

      I couldn't open the video so I searched for pics...


  8. According to TMZ (yes I know, but they happen to be spot on about things on occasion)

    Los Angeles Clippers' superstar Chris Paul hasn't even been President of the Players Union for a full 24 hours yet -- but he's already put together a list of players' demands to take to the NBA, TMZ has learned.

    Paul edged out veteran shooter Roger Mason and others to take the position -- and NBA sources tell us the players went with CP3 because they feel he's got the cojones and the clout to effectively take on the league.

    Sources tell us ... Paul is taking his new role very seriously -- and is already talking to players about his agenda, which includes:

    -- Preparing a battle plan to fight any league proposal for HGH testing
    -- Eliminating flopping fines
    -- Forbidding any dress code additions/changes

    The proposal to eliminate HGH testing should be a huge red flag to the public and the media in general. Hopefully this gets covered when and if actual negotiations start to take place.

    1. Yeah, the players are scared for the HGH testing, since half is probably already using it....
      And btw, fighting flopping fines?? Flopping in any sport is shameful and ruins the sport.

      Unfortunately the NBA will probably cave to the players' demands, since they rely on them, plus the NBA needs the sport to be spectacular and can't use any busting of superstars....

  9. Agreed on the ridiculous fetishizing of the physiques of A-listers in blockbusters. Especially seeing Jackman in Wolverine was disappointing. A really likable guy who looked normal in the first 2 X-men movies, but now looks over-the-top and reeks of PED-use.
    Wahlberg obviously, just like the rock. Wonder who that guy is from 2005 they mention....Don't know about Bale though, his physique in Batman seemed attainable on exercise alone (can't say the same about his nemesis Bane though).

    At any rate, what's worrisome is that you already see more and more teenagers and regular guys on PEDs as ever before. I don't even want to know how many guys in my gym use PEDs....And the thing is, so many people seem to consider it no big deal and think it's harmless. Likewise, I'm astonished to hear how many people think PEDs in sports are no big deal either. Sad...

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    2. Yes, your worries are shared here. That reddit link in the other thread had a discussion in the comments on how colleges basically hand out pills like Skittles to their athletes.
      Also the pressure to get a scholarship to a certain prestigious university/programm for athletic performance, especially in baseball, basketball, football or soccer is tremendous.

      And just from my own experience, I still remember the relative lenience of my American universities' health service when it came to handing out Prozac, Adderall and the like. Obtaining those addictive drugs was too easy and helped normalizing them. Pills instead of expensive psychological treatment was just too easy and functioning students was what they wanted.

      This trend to take short-cuts instead of really earning something seems to be a general trend in society and is something to worry about. I mean, just look at the recent prominent PhD cheating scandals of leading politicians here in Germany...

      Or just today German health care providers released a study bemoaning the drastic increase to misuse/abuse prescription drugs like Ritalin, pain killers or anything to boost your performance.

    3. I forgot, I believe the 2005 guy must be Daniel Craig/ James Bond.

    4. One of my biggest peeves in US healthcare, way too focused on treatment of symptoms instead of the underlying cause. Part of is because patients are led to believe pills will actually cure them, but very (very) few actually take a disease away, 90% of them just treat symptoms.
      And of course it's much easier to pop a pill than to actually make a lifestyle change or take responsibility for your own health....

      Doctors are just as much as fault, often don't care about the patients that much, more about the status of being doctor. I have been to my universities' health center (a US university) for back issues, but instead of actively trying to work with me to see how I can prevent further issues, the doctor just wanted to prescribe painkillers rightaway, before even examining me! WTF...
      I know part of it is due to patients demanding pills from drs., but drs are way too liberal in prescribing drugs.

      Anyway, sorry for the rant...

    5. Daniel Craig is a good guess, but it could also be Gerald Butler. The film '300' was released the following year and he looked huge in it.

    6. Hmm, also a very good guess. Not sure if Butler still cashes in on his impressive upper body though, but for some reason, he strikes me more as the type to use PEDs than Craig. I'm probably prejudiced due to one of my best friends living in Troy, MI while Butler was there shooting a movie, and Butler apparently was really playboy'ing it up and being an ass to everyone.

  10. New Study on Doping in T&F now released, here are some sample quotes from a NYT article:

    "So in 2011, the World Anti-Doping Agency convened a team of researchers to try to determine more accurately how many athletes use performance-enhancing drugs.
    More than 2,000 track and field athletes participated in the study, and according to the findings, which were reviewed by The New York Times, an estimated 29 percent of the athletes at the 2011 world championships and 45 percent of the athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games said in anonymous surveys that they had doped in the past year."

    "By contrast, less than 2 percent of drug tests examined by WADA laboratories in 2010 were positive."

    "They (=the scientists who conducted the study) concluded that their results, which found that nearly a third of the athletes at the world championships and nearly half at the Pan-Arab Games had doped in the past year, probably underestimated the reality."

    "John Hoberman, a University of Texas professor who is an expert on performance-enhancing drugs, said the study’s findings dispelled the notion that doping was a deviant behavior among a few athletes.

    “Either the sport is recruiting huge numbers of deviants,” he said, “or this is simply routine behavior being engaged in by, more or less, normal people."

    Again there was fuzz about the findings of that study, IAAF and WADA held it back, (sabotaging it,tbph) citing nondisclosure agreements and lack of scientific methods, as always when there is a study that shows a governing sports body in a bad light. Same with the study on Doping in Germany, as we recently learned.

    Your thoughts?

    45% sounds pretty good to me, that number is probably pretty close for tennis as well.


    1. A high % of dopers doesn't mean that doping is "normal" - it simply means the dopers are being more successful, and the non-dopers quit at an early age because they can't make a living out of it.

  11. What's interesting to me is that that many actually confessed to using PEDs in this anonymous study. I guess that sort of speaks for them....sounds to me like a lot of them feel 'forced' to use them to be competitive and by confessing anonymously, they indicate that they would prefer something to be done about it? In cycling, many have confessed that they felt they had to in order to be competitive, felt bad about it but did it anyway, since it was their living. In T&F it's likely to be a similar situation...
    Otherwise, I don't think they would confess, since they can anticipate much more stringent controls if many of them do. What are your thoughts on that?

    Considering there are likely also a lot of them that did not confess to using them, I believe the actual % to be quite a bit higher still, probably close to 60%. The other 40%t was eliminated before the semifinals of the events.....

    People who still believe only some deviants use PEDs are either hopelessly naive or just frantically try to preserve their joy in watching sports.

    1. I think athletes do very well understand that taking PEDs in the end is just another rat's race leading nowhere while simultaneously bloody ruining competition and the ethics of the game.

      The logic of legalized PEDs for all on the other hand would lead to an absolute escalation in drug use, a run for a chemical edge and the right pharma company as sponsor/dealer. As has been mentioned times before, I would imagine it's pharma companies who decide the winner of a competition. Their dark arts will create some sort of bionic athlete...Anyway, enough material for numerous dystopian novels.

      Already some tennis players come close to such a negative ideal, turning their bodies into perpetual science projects, buying into the latest health fad... you all know whom I am thinking of...

      Deep down, athletes might have doubts about all that and struggle with their conscience. I mean, I certainly hope so. Especially the one's who are on a poor man's (or woman's) doping regime just to stay competitive know its wrong. The one's who benefit the most, in our case the top ten, might have made peace with doubts and instead accepted a second reality altogether.

      Just to have their healthy 8hrs of sleep.

    2. For all the reasons team_kickass listed, it should be the athletes themselves pushing for more anti-doping measures. I always wonder why more up and coming ATP and WTA athletes don't push for more anti-doping. Maybe they are all doping and have been since 14 years old, but you would think that some of them just couldn't afford it or didn't want to be a guinea pigs for the drug companies. I guess the "omerta" and pressure from other athletes keeps them quiet.

      Personally, I think the players ranked 100+ should simply break off and form their own league. Call it the Drug Free Tennis Association and start their own tour events. It is not like they are making any money via the ATP/WTA anyway.

    3. I think there are a couple of aspects to why athletes themselves do not push for stricter anti-doping measures. For one, I find people generally way overestimate our healthcare/pharmaceutical/medical industry. Many people think we have the human body all figured out and blindly trust doctors, while doctors, on the other hand, often DO feel like they have figured everything out. So I think athletes often underestimate potential longterm health issues related to PEDs.
      Secondly, I also think that the ones who do push for firmer measures, quickly become demoralized in that fight due to governing bodies reluctancy to act, and then either quit the sport or follow their ppeers in PED-use.
      Perhaps there is also a portion who are so insecure tat they simply do not believe they can make it in a clean sport, and need PEDs as a mental crutch.

      MTracy: unfortunately, when they do that, within no time, players in the Drug Free tour would also start using to get the upper hand in that tour....
      A similar thing happens in natural bodybuilding competitions, where participants in the natural competition can suddenly become real competitors by using PEDs....

    4. All too true -- very depressing. Guess I'll have to start on anti-depression drugs.

  12. ok, what happened to that famous spanish (fuentes?) doctor charged to be using unlawful substances and how all the evidence against him regarding spanish sportsman was ordered top be destroyed by the spanish judge?

  13. in regard to Troicki's case...well, in the past, he was openly speaking about drugs being tolerated for "certain tennis athletes", being protected (you can always open any Nike 'situation'...). And so, he gets to be tested after loosing a match yet again, one in a long history of losing this past two years, and in France (yes, he is the one who nailed a last nail in a coffin against France in a historic match for the Davis cup that Serbia won) and he gives a urine for testing, asking a Dr and getting aproved by her(?!), if the blood one can do the next morning since he was feeling sick (I faint and feel sick just by thinking of doing it)...very stupid of him to think that somebody would let him by just because he has nothing to hide?
    So, maybe he was naive or stupid and there is some conspiracy involved in regard to his statemends and doings, or he is guilty...