Proposed Changes to World Anti-Doping Code

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Jack the Hack, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Jack the Hack

    Jack the Hack Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2005

    The reason I am posting this story is because the portion of the story that I highlighted could have a dramatic effect in tennis.

    In two recent high profile doping cases in tennis (with Canas and Puerta), the players were found to have ingested trace amounts of a banned substance, but in amounts that could not have possibly enhanced performance (and showed no intent to cheat). However, the WADA Code gave no room for the ITF Tribunal members to apply lower, more applicable sanctions that fit the "crime" suitably. That's why we were seeing the automatic 2 year and 8 year bans, which were unfair. In order to get relief, the players had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight their case before CAS, which overturned or reduced most of the suspensions.

    A great majority of the doping cases in tennis seem to have been accidental, and have given no performance enhancement. If this change to WADA Code goes through, this will be a huge step toward fairness for tennis players, and all athletes.

    (And I wonder if this will have any effect on the Hingis case...)
  2. No Drop Shots

    No Drop Shots Rookie

    Jun 6, 2007
    I happen to know an olympic medal winner and the doping was explained to me as follows:-

    Most people lets say have a particular hormone (testosterone/nandralone etc) blood count of eg 4 units. There are some freaks however that naturally have a blood count of 10 units. In order to not exclude these people from competing (because they would fail a test if the limit was set to 4 units) the limit is set to 10 units. This means that most normal people can artificially take substances in controlled amounts, ie take 6 units, thereby increasing their blood levels from 4 units to 10, and still pass a WADA test!! This is normal practice for most athletes/sportsman. Testing doesn't necessarily catch all those who are guilty, just those who miscalculated and took too much!!
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2007
  3. Klatu Verata Necktie

    Klatu Verata Necktie Hall of Fame

    Jul 4, 2007
    Miami, Fl
    Very interesting. I am not surprised to hear that there are a great deal of athletes who cheat by using performance enhancing drugs. What does surprise me is the number of athletes who claim to consume steroids or other doping agents accidentally.

    If their livelyhood depends on their physical well being and clean bloodtests, why would they consume products blindly?
  4. simi

    simi Hall of Fame

    Feb 23, 2004
    Best thing that can happen for WADA and athletes in all sports, around the to dump Dick Pound.

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