any news on Puerta?

Max G.

Legend
Isn't that all over with? The drugcase happened a while ago, it was all over before this year... or was there something new that I'm forgetting?
 

idj49

Semi-Pro
Has he even been accused for failing the drug test by the ATP? I mean I know the French newspaper said he did but has any official authority accused him?
 

vin

Professional
He tested positive at the French Open and I think the case is still open. During Shanghai, Patrick McEnroe was commenting on how the ATP needs to resolve these cases quicker as it's embarassing to the sport that he's still playing if he's guilty and it's hanging over his head for such a long time if he's not.
 

idj49

Semi-Pro
I know that they said someone tested positive at the French Open but again I ask has the ATP/ITF ever said it was him? Everything I've read on the case goes back to the L'Equipe article, nothing from the ATP/ITF itself.
 

alfa164164

Professional
I believe Marianno Hood has admitted to being officially notified of failing a drug test at the 2005 French Open. At this point I think it is still speculation on who the second person who failed is, although alot of people are pointing at Puerta.
 

dmastous

Professional
Marianno Hood is the player who has been reported to, and has admitted to, testing positive for a steroid that apparently promots hair growth. It's called Finasteride. And it looks like it's not working.

He is a top 10 doubles player. No great shakes in singles.
Puerta was also mentioned as having failed a drug test at the same tournament (the French). He has denied the allegations, and if true he may be banned from the tour for life as it will be his second positive test.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Tennis drug-taking is very secretive and hush hush. Here's all I could find on google ...

"We (Argentine coach" have not been informed of any case of doping, something that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) usually does.

"The ITF are usually very discreet on these matters. There must have been a leak," said Morea, adding: "Unfortunately previous (doping) cases which have appeared have been confirmed later."

Likely we will know nothing until , if guilty, he has been sentenced.
 

Noelle

Hall Of Fame
It's only been L'Equipe that's been saying Puerta tested positive, so there is no official confirmation that he did in fact test positive.

I remember reading that because they need time to double-check the positive test, the confirmation should come out in November. It's November 26.
 

idj49

Semi-Pro
Thank you, I remember when the news 1st broke that Puerta said he had not been notified to failing the test and the ATP/ITF never actually said it was Puerta. I was wondering if anyone had A) Notified Puerta and B) Actually said it was Puerta. Does it usually take 6 months from the time of the test to the point of revealing who tested positive?
 

gonzalocatalino

Hall of Fame
I only now (ear that from a "serius" journalist in Arg.) that if ATP can´t confirm the dopping case (and from i know, they have not probed anything and the case have a lot of "bad" procedures inself), Puerta is preparing a big "legal action" against L´equipe...
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Yesterday Dick Pound , the head of of WADA publicly said that 1/3 of all NHL players take drugs. And he had this to say about tennis:

"Pound has some questions for tennis, too.

"You look at old Wimbledon matches and see (Jimmy) Connors and (Bjorn) Borg," he said. "They look like they're 16 years old (compared to modern players)."

Pound, who is chancellor of McGill University, drew the doping role when the topic was under discussion at an International Olympic Committee meeting. He brought the Olympic Games into the financial big-time by negotiating a series of world television rights contracts.

Will the war on performance-enhancing drugs ever be won?

"Can you change human nature so that nobody will cheat?" he said.

"I would count it as a win if we could get 99.99 per cent not doing it because it's the wrong thing to do. I'd tell the 99.99 per cent not to worry, we're going to catch the minority.

"The gap is narrowing."

(London Free Press, London, Canada)
 

idj49

Semi-Pro
legolas said:
i hate players who use drugs
So do I, but I don't think it's fair that because a newspaper accuses a guy of doping then it automatically means he did it. If he did dope then throw the book at him but if he didn't I hope he does sue L'Equipe for accusing him without any real proof..
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Eurosport...Dec 13


Mariano Puerta will learn the decision of an Anti-Doping Tribunal, over an alleged positive dope test at this year's French Open, within the next 24 hours. The Argentine has already served a nine-month suspension for nine months in October 2003 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.



Puerta denies taking banned drugs

French sports daily newspaper L'Equipe reported in September that he had tested positive for the banned stimulant, etilefrine, at Roland Garros. The 27-year-old immediately denied the allegation.

Should the tribunal return a positive verdict, Puerta, this year's beaten finalist at Roland Garros, faces a life ban.

Another Argentinian, Guillermo Canas, who reached the semi-finals in Paris, and was banned for two years immediately afterwards having tested positive for a prohibited diuretic during a tournament at Acapulco in February has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Canas' case will be heard, between, 15-20 January 2006.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
pound cat said:
Eurosport...Dec 13

Mariano Puerta will learn the decision of an Anti-Doping Tribunal, over an alleged positive dope test at this year's French Open, within the next 24 hours.
thus there was something there perhaps ...
wonder about Beck ...
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Marius, I checked the date (google search) and the eurosport article was Dec. 6...so, either he knows one way or the other, or it's taking longer than expected.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Eurosport Dec 19. the latest excuse is as far-fetched as Sesil Karantcheva's excuse (see thread on this page)

Puerta - who tested positive for clenbuterol in 2003 and served a two-year ban - faces a life ban for a second doping offence if the ITF (International Tennis Federation) applies the WADA code.

But appearing before an ITF tribunal in London two weeks ago, Puerta argued against an end being put to his career by explaining that at the time of his first offence, the WADA code was not in effect and he therefore should not be subjected to a life ban.

Puerta claims the substance found after the final was due to a sudden thirst gripping him the night before the game, and he drank a cup of water containing medication for his wife, who suffers from hypotension, with etilefrine being one of the active ingredidents.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
pound cat said:
Puerta claims the substance found after the final was due to a sudden thirst gripping him the night before the game, and he drank a cup of water containing medication for his wife, who suffers from hypotension, with etilefrine being one of the active ingredidents.
interesting he never mentioned that in the press until now.

he's not pregnant, like SK? too bad.

give him the lifetime. we need some cleanup here.
 

andfor

Legend
pound cat said:
Eurosport Dec 19. the latest excuse is as far-fetched as Sesil Karantcheva's excuse (see thread on this page)

Puerta - who tested positive for clenbuterol in 2003 and served a two-year ban - faces a life ban for a second doping offence if the ITF (International Tennis Federation) applies the WADA code.

But appearing before an ITF tribunal in London two weeks ago, Puerta argued against an end being put to his career by explaining that at the time of his first offence, the WADA code was not in effect and he therefore should not be subjected to a life ban.

Puerta claims the substance found after the final was due to a sudden thirst gripping him the night before the game, and he drank a cup of water containing medication for his wife, who suffers from hypotension, with etilefrine being one of the active ingredidents.
If this is really his excuse I find it pretty sad. His first offense was for a inhaled medication use to treat his alleged asthmatic condition. I gave him a pass the first time. It's more than odd or coincidence he gets caught taking banned performance enhancing drugs by accident twice. Ignorance is a poor excuse in my book especially when you have to use it more than once.
 
What a pity, if true, what a sad way to build a career, and one more blow to the integrity of the sport (however much it had before this....)
 

Noelle

Hall Of Fame
Thanks for the update, pound cat. Hopefully, the positive tests we're seeing coming out of the woodwork are because of the more rigid testing and not because of some "sacrificial lamb" conspiracy that I've seen bandied about.
 
ITF Anti-Doping Press Release - Decision in the case of Mariano Puerta
The International Tennis Federation announced today that an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal convened under the ITF’s 2005 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has found that Mariano Puerta has committed a Doping Offence under the Programme.

The independent Anti-Doping Tribunal has ruled that Mr Puerta, a 27-year-old Argentine national, committed a Doping Offence under Article C.1 of the Programme (presence of a prohibited substance in a sample), in that a sample that he provided on 5 June 2005, immediately after the men's singles final of Roland Garros in Paris, tested positive for a stimulant (etilefrine), a substance prohibited in competition under the WADA Code and the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

The independent Tribunal, consisting of Mr Tim Kerr QC, Dr Jose Pascual and Dr Inggard Lereim, heard the matter in London on 6 and 7 December 2005. The Tribunal determined that Mr Puerta's analytical positive result was caused by an inadvertent administration of etilefrine. The Tribunal therefore confirmed the commission of a Doping Offence under Article C.1 of the Programme and automatically disqualified Mr Puerta’s results at Roland Garros, requiring forfeiture of entry ranking points, and prize money of € 440,000 in singles and € 3,282 in doubles.

Mr Puerta was banned by the ATP in 2003 for a Doping Offence (presence of clenbuterol in his sample) and served a nine-month ban from the sport for that offence. The positive test for etilefrine from Roland Garros was therefore his second offence. The independent Anti-Doping Tribunal rejected a defence of No Fault or Negligence, but accepted an alternative plea of No Significant Fault or Negligence. In accordance with the WADA World Anti-Doping Code it therefore imposed an eight-year suspension from competition, commencing 5 June 2005. It also determined that the results he obtained in events subsequent to Roland Garros should also be disqualified and the entry ranking points and prize money of US$ 330,925 gained in those events forfeited.

The tribunal's written decision with reasons is available as a PDF below. Any party wishing to appeal the decision will have three weeks to do so from receipt of the written decision.

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at tournaments sanctioned by the ITF, ATP and WTA Tour. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Charges of breach of the Programme are heard by an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal.
 

Mattle

Rookie
Marius_Hancu said:
interesting he never mentioned that in the press until now.

he's not pregnant, like SK? too bad.

give him the lifetime. we need some cleanup here.
Man that sounds harsh.. i know he's unfair against other players and the decient people who are making all these tournaments and ATP. But: You only have one life, he used his to make a tennis career, and now, he losses everything, his tennis life will get executed, because people want justice. The correct decision perhaps, but sounds way too harsh for me. Imagine you were him.
 

DashaandSafin

Hall of Fame
Noelle said:
Thanks for the update, pound cat. Hopefully, the positive tests we're seeing coming out of the woodwork are because of the more rigid testing and not because of some "sacrificial lamb" conspiracy that I've seen bandied about.
I thought Canas was already the sacraficial lamb...we need 2?

Give me a break, Hood needed the medication for his HAIR. Taking a look at him, its not working, but hey, men hate to lose their hair.

Hes been taking it for years he claims. Its just wrong to ban someone because of some stimulant to his hair.
 
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