Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stuart Miller

From the New York Times:

Mr. Miller said the tennis federation received an average 100 requests annually, a sizable number of which were withdrawn before they were ruled on. A panel of medical professionals considered each case file in a blind review, excluding the identity of the requesting athlete, he said, and ultimately approved roughly 50 to 60 percent of the requests.
In his 10-year tenure over the program, Mr. Miller said that a case involving Ms. Mattek-Sands — the American tennis player whose files were published on Wednesday — was the only one WADA had overturned.
Her application for drugs to treat “adrenal insufficiency” — hydrocortisone and DHEA — was approved in 2013 by the tennis federation but revoked in 2014 by WADA, which believed DHEA would enhance her performance.

74 comments:

  1. Re-post from the prior thread.....

    Mattek-Sands is the most interesting reveal so far, IMO. It proves she was the athlete with a DHEA TUE, which I first suggested here, based on the CAS document redaction marks. Insane to grant a TUE for that medication for that "condition" under those circumstances.

    http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/2015/06/cas-2014a3751-x-vs-wada.html

    Can someone with regulatory authority please investigate Dr Eric Serrano?

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    1. He should be banned. He said to T-nation (bodybuilders site), circa 2007 http://web.archive.org/web/20070602191234/http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1552917
      JPC: What about the controversy that DHEA is over-prescribed today, and that after A MONTH OF USE, in most males IT'LL INCREASE estrogen levels and IN MOST FEMALES TESTOSTERONE. Is this true?

      Dr. Serrano: This is VERY TRUE, although it depends on the dosage as well as the size of the person. For instance, you don't want to start the AVERAGE FEMALE on 50 mgs of DHEA right off the bat. Always start low and work your way up. EVEN A 25 MG DOSE IS TOO MUCH IN MOST CASES. Start around half that amount and work up in 5 mg doses for best effect. For males, I start them at 25 mgs.

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  2. Full NYT articehttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/sports/doping-olympics-russia-hacking-williams-biles.html?smid=tw-nytsports&smtyp=cur&_r=1

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  4. We could see the start of a more intelligent debate in the press.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/14/wada-hacking-abuse-debate-theraputic-use-drugs

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  6. Bethanie mattek-Sands is not a minnow. She's a current GS doubles champion.

    Will the press pick up upon her rare and (WADA/CAS) rejected diagnosis/treatment. Will they explore her "atypical choice" of medical providers?

    We'll see.

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    1. It will be brushed under the carpet, unless her opponents kick up a fuss. I'm hoping Mladenovic does.

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    3. But theres nothing, just the wind blowing through the rushes. Speaks volumes that this is common practice and they're all doing it. Sweating in their pants wondering if their next and worrying about the drugs there signed on for made public. Fancy bear is releasing the data in drips so soon we'll probably see all the household names on there.

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    4. I thought the same: that Fancy Bears is starting slowly so as to get the public's attention and then they'll drop the bomb. I'm hoping the bomb is Nadal or Djokovic. Unfortunately like you said G Murph, it doesn't seem to be getting much traction.

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    5. @Lopi

      Checking that site in the reg. My beliefs would be validated seeing Djuicer, Nadal, Bolt and the rest of the bludclart Jamaican athletes.

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  7. Mattek Sands pre 2013 (i.e. pre steroids):
    0 slams

    Mattek Sands post 2013:
    4 slams
    1 Olympic Gold

    Yep, nothing to see here as usual.

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    1. Actually she won Mixed Doubles at the Australian Open in 2012.

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    2. Pre-2013, Mattek-Sands had two top 10 wins (Bartoli in 2008, Schiavone in 2011) and made three singles finals (losing them all). Her highest year-end ranking was 39 in 2008.

      From 2013-today, she's had four top 10 wins (Errani and Na in 2013; Radwanska in 2014; Ivanovic in 2015) and made one singles final (losing it). Her highest year-end ranking was 47 in 2013. She's currently ranked 134.

      In terms of doubles, she won about 10 titles through the end of 2012 and made it to 7 slam QFs and 1 slam SF. Her highest year-end ranking was 17 in 2009-2011, but she was steady in the top 50 from 2006-2013.

      From 2013 on, she's won 9 doubles titles, including two slams in 2015 and one in 2016, all with Lucie Safarova. Her highest year-end ranking was 3 last year; she currently sits at 6.

      In terms of her doubles resume, 2012 and 2013 (both years mostly partnering with Mirza) don't look that different. Here are those years compared to this year, which she's mostly partnered with Lucie Safarova.

      2016:
      W - Indian Wells, Miami, US Open
      F - Charleston
      QF - Doha, Gstaad (bye in 1r, so lost first match), Montreal
      2r - Australian Open, Rome (bye in 1r, so lost first match), Olympics
      1r - Dubai, French Open, Wimbledon

      2013:
      W - Brisbane, Dubai
      F - Stuttgart
      SF - Pattaya City
      QF - Miami, Rome
      3r - French Open
      2r - Madrid
      1r - Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells

      2012:
      W - Brussels
      SF - Hobart, Luxembourg
      QF - Indian Wells, Montreal
      3r - Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open
      2r - Rome
      1r - Paris, French Open, Carlsbad, Cincinnati

      Looking at the quality of her singles wins this year, her best was Kiki Bertens (a weak 21), but she's 7-16 on the year and has lost in the first round 9 times. Last year, her best win was the one against Ivanovic at Wimbledon; she had one more top 20 win (Vinci) the entire season. Aside from Radwanska, her best win in 2014 was against Bouchard (19).

      As far as three-set matches, here are her records over the past five seasons:

      2016 - 2-10
      2015 - 9-7
      2014 - 1-6
      2013 - 8-9
      2012 - 3-5

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  8. Question: how feasible do you think it might be for a TUE to be granted, where the chemical administered may serve as a masking agent?

    Too far fetched?

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    1. Not far fetched at all. There's a whole host of masking agents which are on the prohibited list. Here's a excerpt from USADA site (link below)

      Masking agents are prohibited, including diuretics (water pills) and plasma expanders, which increase blood volume.

      Advisory:

      WADA has clarified that drospirenone, pamabram, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors used as eye drops (dorzolamide and brinzolamide), and the local administration of Felypressin for dental anesthesia are permitted.
      The use of any amount of a threshold substance (i.e., albuterol, formoterol, cathine, ephedrine, methylephedrine and pseudoephedrine) at the same time as a diuretic or other masking agent requires a TUE for the threshold substance AND the diuretic/masking agent. This means two TUEs are needed. If there is any reason you need to be on a diuretic and asthma medication at the same time, for instance, please email AthleteExpress@usada.org.
      Some dietary supplements that claim to be “natural” water pills may contain prescription diuretics not listed on the label. The use of any dietary supplement is at the athlete’s own risk. For a few examples, see the High Risk List on Supplement411.org.
      Glycerol is prohibited as a plasma expander which requires the ingestion of quantities far beyond those commonly found in foodstuffs and toiletries. Standard daily use of toiletries and processed foods will not cause a competitor to test positive for this prohibited substance.

      http://www.usada.org/substances/prohibited-list/athlete-guide/

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    2. Fascinating, Rive. Something to bear in mind if a TUE reveals any of the above substances.

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  9. "Rafael Nadal said he had faith in the anti-doping programme of the tennis world when queried about the revelation, following the hacking of the WADA computer database, of players being allowed to use banned substances on the basis of TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).

    “Sport should be clean, and look to be clean. We believe in the anti-doping policy we have. It is the best possible, and trying to be better and better. I know how hard the control is. We are available for testing one hour every single day of the year,” said Nadal.

    http://www.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/nadal-on-the-hacking-of-antidoping-records/article9111721.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

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  10. As I far as I am concerned, as long as I don't see the names of Nadal, federer, Djokovic linked to anything, i won't give too much credit to whatever was published. When the players using an oxygen chamber that acts like doping but for whatever reason is not rendered illegal, why would they need TUE?

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  11. As I far as I am concerned, as long as I don't see the names of Nadal, federer, Djokovic linked to anything, i won't give too much credit to whatever was published. When the players using an oxygen chamber that acts like doping but for whatever reason is not rendered illegal, why would they need TUE?

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    1. Its like peeling the layers to an onion. TUEs are just one layer. TUEs have been the subject of gossip for sometime. Will be interesting to see how widespread the problem is. Nadal,Murray, Djokovic were all at Olympics - perhaps some info on them will come to light. BBC is reporting that upto 53 UK athletes are affected. That's just UK.

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  12. The press hasn't picked up the issues around backdated TUEs. So far those with backdated TUEs include Wiggins, Mattek-Sands, Froome. Backdated TUEs could be the smoking gun.

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    1. Let's hope so.

      And lol at Wiggins and Froome. It wouldn't surprise me if the entire peloton had one enormous TUE collection. Helps to explain the common observation that grand tour times have slowed since the Armstrong era, but not to the extent expected of a clean rider.

      Froome today spent a lot of time defending the news, in that he had always been open about his TUEs with the media. Don't recall much mention of them being backdated though - and Froome's were during very specific times on classics/one day races. Very possibly backdated to cover up an unwanted result.

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  13. Someone on here a while back said something along the lines of "Show me an athlete with a TUE, and I'll show you a doper." A great line indeed and one I've oft repeated to friends, colleagues etc while arguing about this shit.

    We've known for so long there are literally hundreds of athletes out there abusing the system. If only we goddamn knew who had a TUE, we would have a much better idea of who the cheats are. What a major fucking frustration it's confidential medical information... etc etc

    God damn, I'm enjoying this... And isn't it just great to see a few of the top-tier most highly suspect names revealed already with the promise of more to come. Can't wait to see who's next.

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  14. Fair play to Ben Rothenberg, for a change, for being the only one prepared to talk about Mattek Sands and the dodgyness of the case. It seems ITF granted her another exemption AFTER wada originally rejected it. How is that not bringing sport into disrepute?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/sports/tennis/mattek-sands-eric-serrano-doping-russian-hacking.html?_r=0

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    1. This was nice to see. SI has Jon Wertheim's mailbag this week where he talks about why he didn't cover Novak Djokovic's medical time out...essentially because Novak is a nice guy and it was a one time offense (although Wertheim admits he broke the rules). I think that represents the whole problem with tennis "journalism." Everyone is too close and unwilling to be critical.

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    2. Wertheim is Worthless as far as I'm concerned. This guy has no backbone at all.

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    4. Kudos, indeed, to Rothenberg. At least he didn't shy from painting a genuine picture of Serrano and his practice. What interested me was the assertion that BMS refused to comment on this during the past year, which makes me think he read the thread about this issue here, and tried to follow-up on it.....

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  15. Here's one player unhappy:
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/tennis/sania-mirza-wants-venus-williams-olympic-medal-appeals-to-federation/story-kSviI6Bm7MP8n2JBPGbseO.html

    So.at least two Olympic medallists in tennis have been granted TUEs to take banned substances. How many more?

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  16. If what Lenko said in the following statement is accurate:<>, it seems that many on this site need back dated TUEs for hallucination and delusion.

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  17. Laura Siegemund is also asthmatic it turns out. Recently won the U.S. Mixed Doubles and having a late career boom, just like everyone else in tennis.

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  18. I actually quoted Lenko from the previous thread. The honorable Lenko stated the following: I'm no Serena fan and I'm all for exposing her, but I'm tired of people throwing toys out of their pram instead of actually looking at facts. We need facts. Serena was not "taking more banned substances than anybody else". Just a small look at the anti-doping code is all you need to see that the pain medication she was taking is *not banned* out of competition. The reason there are numerous TUEs for her is because she applied for TUEs when they were out of competition and not necessary. In reality, she has only ever had 3 real TUEs: for 5 days, 9 days and 14 days. All during known injuries. Boo hoo.

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    1. Well he is incorrect then, because she had TUEs during Miami 2014 and French Open 2015, where she won both events.

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    2. And you don't apply for and are granted TUE's if "they are not necessary". Complete bullshit.

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    3. Who said they were not necessary?

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    4. Just because they are necessary doesn't mean she used them for the sake of doping.
      Can anyone actually post the real facts about Serena usage of TUE so that I can make my own analysis??? I don't like to thrust one legged analysis on this site. i would like to have my own opinion.

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    5. Serena has 71 titles and apparently she used TUE for Miami 2014 and French open 2015.
      As a brilliant mind I am, fortunately or unfortunately, it would not make sense that someone uses TUE few times to accumulate such a legendary number of titles. Someone who wants to use TUE for doping purposes will use an excuse that is permanent like ADHD. Not an injury.
      Those who have excuses to request TUEs all year long are more suspect than those who use it once in a while. If Serena uses her drugs for majors, it will be suspicious. If she uses it for Miami, it will seem to me that it is another episode of panic room incident that is more on the gossip side

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    6. Rumour is that Serena plans to have a sex-change operation. She's going to become a woman.

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    7. While you're at it, let us know about your plans

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    8. I don't think it would help you. What you suffer from can't be fixed.

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    9. I don't I can't be fixed. I am just very generous by nature so I would like to help you

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  19. Round 3 of Fancy Bears:

    Following people had backdated TUEs.

    Laura Trott, Nicola Adams, Siobahn-Marie O Connor, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Ottesen Jeanette, Brennan Kimberley, Belonogoff Alexander, Bobridge Jack, Belmonte Garcia Mireia, Julian Justus.

    That means all of them except one had backdated TUEs. In Armstrong's case, backdated TUEs were given when he had failed a test.

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    1. Interesting. Add to that list of course Froome, Wiggins and Simone Biles who all received backdated TUEs.

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    2. So many unhealthy athletes. I agree with Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail who says if an athlete is sick or injured enough to need a TUE then they should get that TUE and not play during the time they're taking the banned substance. Otherwise what is Wada's purpose really? To legitimize doping?

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/tennis/kelly-peds-are-banned-unless-you-have-the-right-doctors-note/article31920205/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe

      Finally a journalist says it like it is. Thanks to Fancy Bears.

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    3. Totally agree Lopi, you're either fit enough to compete or you're not. Out of competition TUE's are absolutely necessary but in competition it's just plain unfair (even if the problem is legit). How is it fair that Serena was on a known PED (prednisolone) in the 2015 French Open final? I wonder how Safarova feels.

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  20. What makes me sad is that while TUE and doping in tennis are serious issues of cheating and double standards, it is on a whole different level and much more significant how double standards are used to polarise the world and form anti-russian propaganda. When the discoveries are made on the wring side, all focus is on bringing down the whistle blowers :-(

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    1. Many people realise that anti-russian propaganda is what it is. At the same time, sports-advertisors-equipment/apparel makers is a multi-billion $ business. For example, tennis is a $4B business for Nike/Adidas and others. Any scandal will rock the boat and hit the revenues. Businesses with rocky revenues aren't loved by stockmarket investors. So its in everyones interests to maintain the status quo.

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  21. Some voices of sanity being found, including respected Dr. Richard McLaren on the BBC news website:

    'Canadian law professor and sports lawyer McLaren told BBC World Service: "One would have to conduct investigations on specific sports as to whether or not too many TUEs are being used with respect to particular substances.

    "One of the common TUEs is for ADHD medication - there may be abuse there.

    "That's one area that probably needs to be looked at - how frequently are [certain medicines] being used in particular sports?

    Methylphenidate, for example, is a stimulant that helps improve brain function in people with ADHD, but it could also help improve an athlete's performance and is only allowed to be used by elite performers with medical approval."'

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    1. More on why athletes might want to take cortisone - weight loss and power gains.

      https://twitter.com/oufeh/status/771635353748779008

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  22. Serena could walk on court clutching a steroid syringe and her fans would still turn a blind eye to doping.

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  23. There is nothing that proves Serena dopes and I will stop defending her when I read about a real fact against her. Until then, there is no reason to be excited. You think she only won 2 tournaments in her lifetime?

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    1. Panic room. I wonder who else has one.

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    2. I know those who have oxygen rooms.

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    3. You don't have to hit the floor of those to duck the testers.

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    4. Yeah exactly. Even though I think Djokovic's cvac "pod" will be banned somewhere down the road, at the moment it's legal. But I don't see the difference between that and blood doping.

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  24. Serena's view on drugs: "Just even from a health perspective, I've never been a big fan of taking anything."

    Hypocrisy and a lie as we all recently found out.

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    1. There you go. That's our girl.

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    2. ??? So, if you don't like doing something but you have to, you're a liar???

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    3. People undergoing chemotherapy probably are not big fans of it but that does not make them hypocrites or liars.

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    4. Well you know, millions of people get the flu every year and don't even go to their doctor. They sweat through it and in a few days they get better. They don't play the final of a grand slam, requiring them to take banned substances. If she was that ill she shouldn't have been on court. That's if she was even sick.

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    5. Millions of people don't get the chance to play in the French open Final.

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    6. Well if she requires a banned substance in order to be able to play that final, I say she shouldn't be allowed. She shouldn't play if she has to take something that gives her an unfair advantage over her opponent.

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    7. Is it fair to her opponent that she was granted permission (retroactively) to use a banned substance and then she won the tournament? If you think that's fair then I don't even know why you are on this site because clearly you think doping is ok.

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    8. There are rules and when they ares followed, I can't incriminate anyone because of it. I am more concerned about those who are career dopers than someone with 70 titles who takes a medicine for flu.

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    9. TUE's and a confidential WADA list for "flu"? You are a fantasist.

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    10. Tell me @Eric Ed who are these "career dopers" you speak of (if a player with 70 titles isn't on that list, please tell me who is)? You seem to think that Serena's 70 titles precludes her from being a doper. That logic is very flawed.

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    11. Fed, Djoko, nadal. If it never crossed your mind that Federer with his 88 titles or Steffi Graf with her 107 titles could be career dopers, why are you so convinced that Serena is?

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