Gasquet won the first round, specialists are frightened.
Amidst the celebration because of acquittal of doping charges. The french Richard Gasquet needs to be careful. The Court's ruling in favor of the Independent International Tennis Federation was the first round of their fight for getting rid of the penalty of up to two years away from the tennis courts. There is much doubt that the case will go to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) where the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which is one of the serious things in the sports world, that there was bias in the trial of the case.
The Gasquet explanation is extremely fragile, even if technically possible. I think it just lost in creativity for the justification of Argentine Mariano Puerta, caught in the anti-doping at Roland Garros, which explained the emergence of diuretic in their examination by an intricate going-and-coming players in a restaurant in Paris, which finally culminated with a sip of water left in the glass on the balcony by his wife, who had taken a drug without their knowledge, etc and such.
Excellent article in Folha de S. Paulo today, signed by Fernando Itokazu and José Eduardo Martins, shows the disbelief of several experts in the subject. Marco Aurelio Dornelles, from the Brazilian Olympic Committee, described like "impossible" the acquittal, the sport lawyer Luciano Hostins , calls "absurd", and says would be hard to Gasquet keep this verdict in the CAS. The specialist Eduardo de Rose, a great world authority on the issue, believes that Wada has a special eye in this case.
Scientifically, the doctors consulted by Folha says that it is possible the transmission of benzoylecgonine by saliva, but for this the kisser must have much cocaine in your mouth or that the examination made in Gasquet has been extremely sensitive to detect the substance. Worst of all, I believe that this trial may open a dangerous precedent in future appeals on unintentional doping.
For the good of tennis and the quality of the Gasquet game, it is excellent that his innocence be proven. But it will not be uninteresting to the ITF's Court if the case is reversed in a higher court, and completely free as is the CAS. For now, the talented but lazy French won the first round.