Russian team doctor stopped by customs

11-26-2002, 07:51 PM
The Russian Davis Cup team doctor has accused French customs officials of confiscating all his medical supplies upon arrival in Paris on Sunday. "I don't know why, but customs confiscated all of my medical supplies, down to the very last pill," Valery Okhapkin said.

The Russian team, including Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, arrived in the French capital on Sunday evening from Monte Carlo, where they had been making final preparations for the Davis Cup final against France. The five-day tie begins at Bercy sports hall on Friday.

"I showed them an official letter from the Russian Olympic Committee which stated that I'm not carrying any (forbidden) drugs, narcotics, anabolic steroids or any other criminal staff," Okhapkin said. "But they just told us they don't understand Russian, held me up for 2-1/2 hours, wrote thousands of reports and, in the end, confiscated all my medical supplies.

"They told us that we now have to translate everything into French and ask French tennis officials to act on our behalf."

The French are meticulous in pursuing all issues related to performance-enhancing drugs following a doping scandal in the 1998 Tour de France.


11-26-2002, 07:56 PM
OHHHH :eek:

11-26-2002, 08:10 PM
:rolleyes: Don't understand Russian, boohoo.

11-26-2002, 08:23 PM
trying anything to mess us up :mad:

11-27-2002, 08:30 AM
TBE i hear you...will resort to anything to try to make the Russians loose...shame!!!!

11-27-2002, 09:40 AM
Stupid french people. Will do everything to win DC.
Gues what it's not gonna work. They'll lose anyway.

11-27-2002, 11:25 AM
That's stupid of them for sure :( and I hope the FFT has helped clear this issue as quickly as possible but assuming they did it on purpose is ridiculous. :mad:

They're just over-sensible on the doping issue, just remember how long they kept cyclist Rumsas'wife in jail this summer - which was a bit uncalled for IMHO, I don't think it has added much to the case - or how they announced Lucic's failed test and sanction, even though the ITF/WTA had told them she was OK within the tennis rules. :rolleyes:

11-27-2002, 12:57 PM
Oh, don't get me started about Rumsas wife :mad: A mother of 3 children held in jail for over 3 months :fiery:

She still cannot speak about this issue and starts crying once anybody asks her about it :sad:

Stupidity is no excuse for authorities

Ma. Estefania
11-27-2002, 09:01 PM
That's a big shame.....

11-28-2002, 06:57 AM
:fiery: :mad: :fiery: ...Stop sabotaging team Russia's campaign! Sheesh, what they did to the poor doctor is completely ludicrous and stupid!