Friday, April 1, 2016

Drug sweep?

Interesting story from the Daily Mail on the testing protocol at this year's Australian Open:
Maria Sharapova was caught at the Australian Open following the biggest anti-doping operation ever mounted in tennis.

Every player, male or female, who played any form of singles in Melbourne was given a blood test as part of the unprecedented sweep, primarily designed to expand the sport’s biological passport programme.

With the two qualifying draws taken into account it means that well over 450 blood tests were carried out, and additional random examinations during the event occurred as well.
Hmmm...



8 comments:

  1. Odd that Sharapova's was caught by an urine sample after all the bad publicity that ITF/ATP was getting...

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  2. Click bait. Show a few bikini pics of Masha, say she's the only one caught (from all the tests taken) and that they didn't use the National Drug Tester. This is called, in the business, "native marketing". Get a journo, give him a "scoop" and suddenly tennis is good. Great marketing from our betters.

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  3. British doctor claims he doped 150 sports stars

    http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/article1684584.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2016_04_02

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  4. This related article mentions 'tennis players', but (so far) it doesn't seem that the original article mentions the sport.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/british-doctor-mark-bonar-claims-he-doped-150-sports-stars/news-story/d0630da9171b45e06fd3d18704b51cb1

    "A British doctor has been secretly filmed describing how he prescribed banned performance- enhancing drugs to 150 elite sportsmen. His network of secret “clients” included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as football players"

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    1. This 'Guardian' article also suggests tennis players among the alleged dopers.....
      http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/03/top-footballers-doped-british-doctor-inquiry

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  5. With high-paid marketing teams on the payroll, it's certain they are ever ready to micro-manage situations and control the spin... SMH

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