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I spotted this article on the Guardian today and it makes interesting reading. It's quite interesting that the ITF, the world governing body of tennis finds it unworkable;
New drugs policy unworkable, says federation
* Sachin Nakrani
* The Guardian,
* Wednesday June 18 2008
* Article history
The man in charge of tackling drug-taking in tennis has warned of "significant problems" as a result of new rules being introduced by the World Anti-Doping Agency next year.
The concerns of Stuart Miller, head of anti-doping at the International Tennis Federation, centre on the "whereabouts" provision contained in Wada's updated code, which comes into force on January 1. It states that all athletes must notify testers of their precise location for one hour of every day and update that information every three months. A failure to do so or not to be in their named location on three occasions will result in a sanction, which could include a life ban from the sport.
A year-round "whereabouts" policy is already in existence in athletics and was the reason why the 400m runner Christine Ohuruogu was banned from all competition for 12 months in 2006. The 24-year-old missed three drug tests between October 2005 and July of the following year.
But Miller believes that the policy is unworkable in tennis because of the peripatetic nature of competitors - they are currently tested out of competition only in the final six weeks of the year - and that it could lead to a surge in bans.
"Tennis is not like athletics in the sense that those taking part do not map out their training programme and the two or three events they are going to take part in at the start of the year," he said. "Tennis players take part in single-elimination competitions and if they get knocked out on day one of an event they'll simply move on to another one, go home or go on holiday.
"The most important thing from the point of view of the whereabouts provision is that they are not going to be where they said they would be and if you imagine all the players in our pool having to provide us with constantly updated information and us having to keep track of that, it's fair to say there are going to be significant problems going forward. Many players could easily fall foul to a series of missed tests or filing failures quite quickly."
The ATP and WTA have discussed the whereabouts provision with the ITF and, according to Miller, they too believe it "does not fit well with tennis". The players themselves will be notified of the updated Wada code this week and told it will be their responsibility to update any changes to their location.
Sarah Borwell, Britain's sixth-ranked women's singles player, said she was concerned by the new rule. "As a player you can be competing in Mexico one day and Vietnam the next so it is impossible to tell anyone in advance where you are exactly going to be for the next three months," she said. "It may be easier to track the top players and for them to tell the ITF of their whereabouts because most of them have agents, but it will be difficult for the majority of players on the tours.
"In the long term I don't see this working. There is going to be a lot of issues arising from it. I think Wada needs either to change this part of the code or allow more flexibility."
Of the 2,028 drugs tests carried out by the ITF last year only eight produced a positive result and of the 10 players who are currently banned for a drugs violation, none have sentences longer than two years, the most high-profile being Martina Hingis, who tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon last year and is excluded from competition until October next year.
About this article
This article appeared in the Guardian on Wednesday June 18 2008 on p5 of the Sport news & features section. It was last updated at 00:07 on June 18 2008.
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