Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by JennyS, Oct 2, 2009.
They allegedly broke the "whereabouts" rule of the Belgian doping agency...
What's the Belgian "whereabouts" rule?
Wow, can't believe nobody's interested in this... I really shouldn't be so surprised anymore that tennis fans don't care about doping.
Because it isn't about doping, it's about having your position monitored 24-7 by some outside agency.
I don't particularly care if a player decides to go out and get a cup of coffee without filling out the paperwork.
Of course it's about doping. I'm not sure why you came up with this coffee thing, but they both refused tests on three separate occaisions. Do you think it's worthwhile trying to catch cheats? Or would you just rather not bother?
Thankfully tennis is not a sport where the athlete's benefit as greatly from performance enhancers as they do in other sports. Not to say that the sport doesn't need to be looked over just like any other but steroids are not going to help you in tennis like they help turn your line drive into a home run or shave seconds off your mile time. These two might just be guilty of not taking the rules seriously enough.
Utter nonsense. Doping substances like anabolic steroids, EPO and human growth hormone (I could go one...) will all help tennis performance.
They only have to give one hour of the day of their choosing. So they have 23 hours of freedom to do what they want.
What I see from the article is
"Under the rule, athletes must tell their national anti-doping authorities where they will be at a chosen hour between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day for a three-month period.
If they change plans they are obliged to inform the authorities. Athletes who miss three doping tests over an 18-month period face possible suspension."
Both of them missed three of those hours over 18 months - for whatever reason. Forgot the time and went out for coffee, slept in, got sick and so didn't go to practice - I certainly don't know where I'm going to be on any particular hour any day, and it's got to be worse for them, since they're on the road all the time.
I remember that at one point (either Bob or Mike) Bryan blogged about how he was actually up to 2 strikes (out of 3) on stuff like that.
Of course it's worthwhile trying to catch cheats. On the other hand, when people get penalized on technicalities, there's nothing newsworthy about it.
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