Thursday, November 14, 2013

Read It & Weep...

By Mark Gleeson at Reuters: "Criticism of anti-doping policy unfair, says ITF"

Meanwhile...World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey tells CNN that: "I don't think Novak Djokovic has the faintest idea what we do and if he wants to understand what we do I'm more than happy to pick up the phone and talk to him, if he wants to talk to me."


  1. When the worlds most famous tennis player says there should be more testing, then there probably should be more testing. Federer has no incentive to ask for more tests unless he genuinely feels they are necessary.
    I can understand Miller going after Djokovic (although he should have addressed the technical issues), but very disappointing to see him criticize Federer's comments.

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    2. I think it fits the picture perfectly, don't you think?

      Miller does not distinguish between diametrically opposed positions and rather slams both Djokovic and Federer only to come out as the "winner" by claiming bs like the following:

      >"I'm confident the tennis anti-doping program is using all the tools available to it to maximize its efficiency but we must remember, you also need a deterrent effect and prevention effect and education as well," Miller said.

    3. SnR tweeted this already, but it's gold, and a must read for people interested in this issue. I could read it everyday, and twice on Sundays.
      John Fahy of WADA interviewed by CNN.

      "And when you get criticism from some of the champion tennis players about the number of times they've been tested then I hope tennis takes notice of it."

      Thankfully, Fahy calls out Djokovic for not having a clue (or pretending not to)

      "I don't think Novak Djokovic has the faintest idea what we do and if he wants to understand what we do I'm more than happy to pick up the phone and talk to him, if he wants to talk to me"

  2. Quote Miller:

    >"I think that tennis is doing a good job in the programs it has and we've had two fairly high-profile cases recently with Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki and let's not forget both of those cases resulted in violations for the athletes concerned," the ITF's anti-doping manager Stuart Miller said on Thursday.

    "To me that shows that the program is successful in catching the people it is supposed to be catching so I don't think it's necessarily fair criticism," he told Reuters at the World Conference on Doping in Sport.>

    If I were Troicki or Cilic and read delusional statements like the above, I'd be suspecting that I had been used majorly - only to justify statements like the above to whitewash the ITF. Not to catch dopers, mind me, but to run an ad campaign for the effectiveness of this scam named TADP. Just in time for the WADA conference in Johannesburg... how timely.

    Too bad Troicki won't name any names to expose the ITF's program as biased and ineffective, for those names would be too close to home - so he can't hit back as one would expect him to do...

    Cilic won't take apart their program either - he needs to make money off the tour to pay back his loans for his Monte Carlo apartment.

    That said, the ITF is indeed getting slightly tougher on players near the top (though not touching their cash cows) only to then use these two recent cases as poster-examples of a perfectly functioning program... What a dickish send these two clowns to their respective doom ( still a comparably comfortable place, I know) for a short while to claim a succesful program...

    Not that I am anywhere near team Troicki or team Cilic - but still, I could understand if they are mad as hell about this.

  3. Cycling caught plenty of people from 1999-2005. Big deal.

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  5. Interesting that MIller used the word "efficiency", as opposed to "effectiveness"...

    I'm guessing that budgets are always to the fore in his mind. Although he is in a position to angle publicly for budget increases (which I suspect are necessary), instead, he and his team have been coming in under!!


    World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman has denied tennis has a problem with performance-enhancing drugs.
    Howman has applauded the demand for more stringent doping measures in tennis but has denied the sport has a major issue.

    "I don't think tennis has a problem, per se. I think tennis has a high profile issue in that the athletes at the helm are saying 'we want more' and I think that's a good thing," Howman said.

    "I think, if you have to athletes praising the fight against doping and asking to be tested more, then the response from the national federation will be: 'We will do it.'

    "And, if they don't, they'll be risking the wrath of their top players which I don't think any international federation would want.

    "So, from our perspective, having athletes speak out is the best possible progress we could make. Having athletes support what we do is even better.

    "And when we recall some of those tennis players, Andy Murray in particular, three or four years ago, he was very critical of anti-doping in general. Now, he's one of the ones calling for more.

    "That shows a very good shift."


    Tennis doesn't really have a problem with PEDs? Pound would disagree.

    1. The head of WADA is saying this? Makes me want to weep - how fucking clueless can someone be? Especially someone who is the head of the most significant anti-doping agency in the sporting world. Like arcus, I am speechless.