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2-month doping suspension for doubles specialist Marcelo Melo

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Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo gets 2-month doping ban

September 24, 2007

LONDON (AP) -- Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo was banned for two months Monday for a doping violation.

The doubles specialist tested positive for the stimulant isometheptene June 10 at the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queen's Club, the International Tennis Federation said.

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The ban was reduced from the usual two years because Melo did not take the substance to "enhance his sporting performance," the ITF said. The suspension was backdated to Sept. 10 and will end Nov. 9.

Melo will forfeit prize money and ranking points earned at Queen's Club and the U.S. Open. The ITF said the Brazilian will retain his results from tournaments between those two because he did not know about the positive test until just before the U.S. Open.

He reached the doubles quarterfinals at the U.S. Open with Andre Sa. Melo and Sa made the semifinals at Wimbledon.

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Re: 2-month doping suspension for doubles specialist Marcelo Melo

Why the substance gets into his system and would Sá keep his money and points?
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Re: 2-month doping suspension for doubles specialist Marcelo Melo

It was on a medicine for headache (Neosaldina, a very popular medicine here in Brazil) he took the night before his match in round 3 of singles qualifying.

Sá gets to keep his prize money and ranking points.

Sounds like a dumb move by Marcelo but hopefully he learnt his lesson.

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Real dumb. :retard:
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stupid i guess the headache must have been that bad.
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Re: 2-month doping suspension for doubles specialist Marcelo Melo

In this case, what he should have done? :consufed: Take the medicine but contact the tournament doctor 'coz it was an emergency? ask for a doctor?

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In this case, what he should have done? :consufed: Take the medicine but contact the tournament doctor 'coz it was an emergency? ask for a doctor?
Ask for a medicine that doesn't contain banned substance.
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I would like to know how they come to the conclusion that Melo didnt take this drug to enhance his performance. Maybe it is because he was caught only once?! I dont see the reason being only "Melo told us he had a headache so he took the medication without knowing it had a banned substance".

And, if it was an honest mistake, Marcelo deserves to be banned for "lack of gray matter". Come on: it is not the first time a player is banned for taking a drug he/she didnt "know" it was banned. It is not as if he never heard people getting in trouble for taking OTC medication to treat simple things as upper away infections. If you are an athlete, you gotta ask the doctor before taking any medication.

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I would like to know how they come to the conclusion that Melo didnt take this drug to enhance his performance. Maybe it is because he was caught only once?! I dont see the reason being only "Melo told us he had a headache so he took the medication without knowing it had a banned substance".

And, if it was an honest mistake, Marcelo deserves to be banned for "lack of gray matter". Come on: it is not the first time a player is banned for taking a drug he/she didnt "know" it was banned. It is not as if he never heard people getting in trouble for taking OTC medication to treat simple things as upper away infections. If you are an athlete, you gotta ask the doctor before taking any medication.
They probably concluded that the drug was found in such a small dosis that it wasn't enough to enhance his performance in the match. I doubt he would have been let off that lighty if it actually did.

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Probably needs the entire report to be published to find out all the answers.
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Finding out the exact ingredients of medicines and knowing the list of all thousands of banned substances requires requires specialist knowledge and analysis. If you need a medicine due to sickness on short notice it is extremely hard to know for sure that there isn't a banned substance in it unless it's a known-safe medication.


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They probably concluded that the drug was found in such a small dosis that it wasn't enough to enhance his performance in the match. I doubt he would have been let off that lighty if it actually did.

But that is the thing that doesnt make sense: if it was beneath the dosage required to enhance his performance, why would it be considered doping?! Specially a drug that is found in OTC medication . Ok. Before I start talking out of my ass, I will read about it on the WADA site. I just thought that, for some drugs, there would be a minimum dosis level detectable for it to be considered doping.

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I'm sure theres a data base and it would take about .0001 sec to search though something like that. But maybe not.
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Finding out the exact ingredients of medicines and knowing the list of all thousands of banned substances requires requires specialist knowledge and analysis. If you need a medicine due to sickness on short notice it is extremely hard to know for sure that there isn't a banned substance in it unless it's a known-safe medication.

However, unless he was suffering from a severe case of migraine (who usually requires IV drugs, therefore, requiring a physician to prescribe the drug), odds are that his judgement was preserved and he could had made the smart decision of asking a doctor (if I am not mistaken, most tournaments have local doctors working) about which medication he could take. I mean: if a headache is severe enough for the pain cloud your judgement, it wont probably subside by oral medication.

We are talking about athletes. It is sort of part of their job description knowing that they cant take any medication without caring about doping. I just dont buy this "I didnt know" excuse. To the very least, it is lack of professionalism.

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Even most doctors don't have a clue about what exact substances are in medicines are what the banned substances are. ATP doctors have given medicines with banned substances to many, many players (I think only about 30 of these cases have been publicized). In most cases players have been quietly acquitted or the knowledge of the positive hasn't been published. In Canas' case he wasn't acquitted and he paid dearly for it.


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