survey finds top players are notified of test dates

Doping test favors for top tennis players? This is asserted by the Daily mail in a survey published this Sunday, June 19, 2022. According to the British media, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) leaves the organizing players their own doping controls. Another grief against the world body: the latter is accused of “inflating” the number of tests carried out. At the heart of the charges, Nicole Sapstead.

Players notified 4 days before their doping controls

The latter is the former director general of the anti-doping agency across the Channel, now director of the ITF’s anti-doping program. the Daily mail claims that she would have written to the players to warn them of the dates of the tests. According to evidence presented by English journalists, players would have been warned up to 4 days before their doping test.

In an email concerning the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament revealed by the media, we can read: « Appointments to provide your PBA sample (Biological passport of the athlete) will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day (between March 19 and 22, 2022) and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. » Processes that would have been repeated before Roland-Garros in 2019.

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To defend itself, the ITIA (International Tennis Integrity Agency) explained that such a procedure makes it possible to carry out “more testing” to pay “retrieve data from as many players as possible”. The only problem, according to the Daily Mail, is that the ITF is accused of ” inflate “ his test numbers.

Tennis. Doping: a survey reveals that the best players are warned of the dates of the tests

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