Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Not going to comment on that."

Simon Cambers has posted Part 2 of his interview with ITF anti-doping boss Stuart Miller.

As usual, Dr. Miller sheds plenty of light on the ITF's pro-active approach to investigating potential anti-doping violations like the Biogenesis case...
The Biogenesis case in the US is still going on, reportedly with links to tennis. Are you still monitoring the case?
We’re monitoring proceedings in the US.

Are you actively investigating any players as a result of it?
Not going to comment on that.

Did the Biogenesis case take you by surprise?
There have been precedents, Balco, and similar, so the fact that there appears to be a rogue supply of prohibited substances through a type of black market is not without some kind of historical equivalent. So from that point of view, no.
That is amazing candor from Dr. Miller, no?

In Part 1 of the interview, Dr. Miller answered questions about off-testing at Grand Slam events:
I understand you now test players on their days off in grand slams. When did that start?
That’s been permitted under the rules for as long as I can remember. I can’t talk about before my time but it’s been an option for many years.

Has it been stepped up recently?
There is more, around the programme in general, not just in single events, there is more sample collection when players are not competing than there used to be.
I'm pretty sure Dr. Miller didn't actually answer the question...He also answered a question regarding the storing of samples, but his response is so convoluted and unclear that I won't bother posting it.

Once again the ITF's anti-doping unit has distinguished itself as a beacon of anti-doping prowess. Tennis should be proud.


  1. REVEALED: How cycling's chiefs helped get drug cheat Armstrong off the hook

    "In the first incident, O’Reilly claims Armstrong’s team boss, Johan Bruyneel, was alerted to a problem with the rider’s drug test through a phone call from doping control. In what would have been a serious breach of UCI protocol, this call was made by a UCI doping official using the mobile telephone of another US Postal rider.

    "Secondly, she claims to have witnessed Armstrong telephone the then UCI president, Hein Verbruggen, to demand an ‘over-zealous’ race commissar should be banned from officiating at future races.
    (>> Gee, who has recently called out an "over zealous" umpire for giving his nephew multiple violations during a match? For those wondering it was Toni Nadal)
    "Armstrong claimed to Sportsmail in November that, at the time, Verbruggen contacted him separately and urged him to fix the problem because another big drugs scandal would have been ‘the knockout punch for our sport’"
    Says it all.

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  3. The second part of the interview was not as bad as the first part, in which he was slippery as an eel while avoiding answering questions put to him. I already commented on that in the prior thread. Interesting that Richard Ings called him out on giving unintelligible answers.

    I would like to think he avoided comment about biogenesis since it could have jeopardized an on-going investigation into tennis players involvement in that affair, but I'm more inclined to believe that they (ITF) are being completely passive about the whole thing, and are quietly hoping tennis doesn't get dragged into it.

    What I did not like was the implied tacit assumption on his behalf that Cilic and Troicki were both clean. Cilic's stupidity is plausible, but I still smell a rat in the Troicki case.

  4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 'Stuart is a traditionally masculine given name as well as a surname. It is the French form of the surname Stewart.... The surname Stewart is an occupational name for the administrative official of an estate. The name is derived from the Middle English stiward, and Old English stigweard, stiweard. The Old English word is composed of the elements stig, meaning "house(hold)"; and weard, meaning "guardian".'
    All in all: the right man in the right place.

  5. From

    Football's governing body will leave no stone unturned in their bid to ensure the competition is completely clean of doping violations

    All players set to compete at this year's World Cup will be drug tested before the opening match, Fifa's head doctor Jiri Dvorak has promised.

    Fifa want all 32 teams that have qualified for Brazil to send in their schedules from March 1 to give football's international governing body the opportunity to test players for doping in the lead-up to the World Cup finals.

    Dvorak, the governing body's chief medical officer, explained players and teams will not know when the drug testers will arrive but promised no-one will be missed before Brazil play Croatia in the first match of the tournament on June 12.

    "I am happy that you are insecure about when we will start the doping controls because we won't make it public," Dvorak said.

    "We can come anytime, anywhere, if we decide to.

    "So we will definitely disclose the strategy as to when we are going to test the French team, we will come. So leave it with us.

    "We are asking, as from March 1, for the whereabouts of every team. And then we will decide at the headquarters when we'll go where.

    "To make it very clear, we will test all players participating in the World Cup at least once prior to the kick-off game."

    Way to give everyone a heads up.

    1. One test before a tournament that takes place every 4 years. Looks like they finally caught up with tennis!