Saturday, December 12, 2015

ITF 2015 AGM

The Agenda for the ITF's 2015 AGM is posted: here.

Note the planned budget versus actual spend for the 2014 anti-doping program (p. 12).

Other details on the anti-doping program on page 84.

20 comments:

  1. Failing to use 27% of an anti-doping budget sends a dismal message in this day and age, especially when the actual amount was only 3% of the ITFs total expenditure, and a drop in the ocean when compared to revenues earned by the tours and the tournaments. This was the second biggest budget under-spend in the whole organization....... In 2013 Tennis' anti-doping overspent by 11%.

    In 2014, the ITF spent $1.9 million on anti-doping and did 3,500 tests. For comparison, the IAAF spent $2.5 million ($3M including staff) on anti-doping and did 25,000 tests. (The IAAF has ~600 athletes in its registered testing pool.)
    http://www.time-to-run.com/gn/doping/anti-doping-iaaf-uci-comparisons-misleading


    60% of testing done in-competition, so the ratio's still way off.

    Notable for me was the statement that only 20 TUEs had been granted in 2015 (by time of writing), compared to 48 in 2013 (I can't find 2014 data).

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    1. ITF finance presentation http://www.itftennis.com/media/220545/220545.pdf

      Things don't look like they'll be much different in 2015. Pages 32/33 suggest that mid way through 2015 (if I'm interpreting correctly) anti-doping is coming in under-budget again...

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  2. I also see a nett surplus (1.9m - same as they spent on anti doping) at the end of 2014 was transferred into a reserves - must companies i know use such "pots" to pay out bonuses.
    Doesn't say on the report under finance & admin (anyway) who their auditors are - probably don't need one though since the ITF are registered in the Bahamas and don't pay tax.

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  3. "Of course there is doping in tennis"

    Views attributed to of an anonymous futures player who failed a doping test....

    ""Players who draw many people to tournaments, these people does not appear in the list of suspended players. The ITF 'catches' people from the background, people that do not make money for them", he reflects."

    http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.puntodebreak.com/2015/12/15/claro-hay-doping-tenis

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  4. Breaking News!!

    1)Anonymous player: ´I saw players taking drugs and going through the test the following day´

    Spanish Website Punto de Break recently published an interesting interview of a player who got suspended, sentenced and fined by ITF because he didn't pass an anti-drug test. Since he's in a delicate position because he released some controversial quotes, the player chose not to reveal his name.

    The player, referred as JPC, plays ITF tournaments and is a coach as well. He affirmed, without hesitation, that there's no lack of doping in tennis: 'It's clear that in tennis there is doping. I know a guy who plays Futures and I'm sure that he takes a banned substance. Also, everyone speaks about it'. JPC also revealed that players speak openly to each other about this argument, because they have known each other for a long time....

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Anonymous-player-I-saw-players-taking-drugs-and-going-through-the-test-the-following-day-articolo28679.html

    2)Here is the original article in Spanish:

    "Claro que hay doping en el tenis"

    http://www.puntodebreak.com/2015/12/15/claro-hay-doping-tenis

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

    PS nothing new under the sun!!

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    1. Easyish to figure out who this is (I won't name him because it doesn't seem he's done anything wrong). The article has two elements:

      1) he says he saw 6 others the night before taking banned substances (recreational users given the context), but some of them passed tests the next day. That's a bit surprising, given the substances involved are incredibly easy to detect. He suggests that means not all the samples are being processed.

      2) He knows someone he's certain uses PEDs, and it's widely spoken of at that level.

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  5. In 2011, meanwhile, Serena received the shock news that she had a number of blood clots in her lungs, while still recovering from a serious foot injury caused by treading on broken glass at a restaurant the previous year.

    She required immediate surgery, and those closest to her feared for her life.

    "I just thought she was going to die," her father says, recalling a painful memory he describes as "just too much."

    An operation saved her, and she would not play on tour again until June 2011.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/16/tennis/richard-williams-venus-serena-tennis/index.html
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    Yet the restaurant was never named and she never sued even though she almost died from her "immediate surgery"

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  7. Breaking News:

    Has he ever thought that he has been playing against players using dope? Does he think more controls are needed?

    "In the top-100 in the rankings, I can assure you that there are none. I say top-100 because I play them. We are tested 20 times per year at least, so it's impossible not to catch those who want to cheat. "

    by Fabio Fognini, N 21 ATP ( best ranking N 13 ATP )

    Source: http://www.tennisworldusa.org/TENNIS-WORLD-EXCLUSIVE---Fabio-Fognini-There-arent-any-players-who-dope-My-bad-behaviors-are-old-things-articolo28876.html

    No Comment!!

    Merry Christmas to the owner and all readers of this very good blog!!

    Fabrice

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    1. Fognini goes from bringing up his game to a professional level in one game to reverting to his "lackadaisical" style in another. I'm given to believe he's only there for the show - so i don't think he cares one way or the other if his opponent is using drugs.

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    2. In my opinion, the real meaning of a statement like that is that Fognini is already planning a career after professional tennis within FIT ( Italian Tennis Federation ) and so he can't say anything against the official truth of ATP, ITF ( International Tennis Federation ) and FIT ( Italian Tennis Federation)!!

      Flavia Pennetta, his girlfriend, made the same thing in the past ( when she was asked something about doping in professional tennis ) and now she is in pole position to become captain of Italian tennis team for Fed Cup!!
      ( maybe also for Davis Cup!!)

      At those levels, silence has always its own rewards!!

      The same is true in politics, finance, mass media and so on!!

      Nothing new under the sun!!

      Merry Christmas!

      Fabrice





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  8. Soderling has formally retired. Such a strange disappearance, going from playing invincible tennis one day, then the ever-changing story of his woes: it's a wrist injury the next tournament, a throat virus the next, then it's "mono" and he can never play again.

    Interesting to me how several of these players that had drastic mid-career changes in performance went on to have serious misfortune and strange illnesses.

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    1. Running scared or being told to retire? i'll put money on the latter.

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    2. I think that's what happens when you defeat an undefeatable player backed by two of the most corrupt sport federations (RFET and ITF), using the same magic infusion.

      When you think about it, it's kind of amazing that a lower player (Dopovic) has defeated the undefeatables (Fedal) without causing something similar.

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    3. "When you think about it, it's kind of amazing that a lower player (Dopovic) has defeated the undefeatables (Fedal) without causing something similar"

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      Soderling was dumb enough to get caught whilst Djokovic is not. Not to mention that Djokovic may be on some drugs that are not been tested for by the ITF (New generation EPOs e.t.c)

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  9. Documentary alleges that another anti-aging clinic involved in doping eleite athletes, including Peyton Manning. Worth a watch for insights into the doping process and environment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJRPxmTuxoI

    (Caveat is that some of the folks involved have murky pasts, and limited credibility.)

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    1. The anti-aging clinic in question is 'The Guyer Institute', and Manning has acknowledged he attended it for treatment.

      Lots of talk about hormones (including our old favorite DHEA) and chronic fatigue syndrome on their website (I'm getting Dr Eric Serrano flash backs.....)
      http://www.guyerinstitute.com/index.php/services

      It offers PRP therapy, adipose stem cell therapy (neither FDA approved), as well as electromagnetic therapy, enhanced external counterpulsation and 'bioidentical hormone therapy'! Hurrah!

      Here is an illuminating interview with Dr Guyer
      http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=8587

      And here is Dr Guyer talking about the stem cell therapy he offers. In the video, they claim it can help you live a longer, healthier life.. Really? life prolonging? That's quite the claim!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqrclvFg11w

      What on earth is an elite athlete doing in a place like that? Please tell me a good journalist will go after this.

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    2. Al Jazeera is all over it: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_MANNING_REFUTES_REPORT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-12-27-00-26-47

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    3. PRP therapy, stem cell theraphy and electromagnetic therapy weren't the favorites of our favorite player, Nadal?

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  10. Interview with one of the journos involved in the "dark-side" documentary...

    http://www.120sports.com/video/v160564828/1on1-with-deborah-davies

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