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WADA calls the WTA lacklustre in Drug testing (article)

WADA has something to say to Larry Scott WTA Ceo..


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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), meanwhile, said the allegations made against Kuznetsova should serve as a wake-up call to the WTA Tour about its testing procedures.

Although the test was conducted by a Belgian anti-doping agency at a non-WTA event, WADA's director general David Howman said the WTA had a lacklustre approach to drug testing compared to the men's tour.

"We're not so content with the WTA who haven't shown the same enthusiasm or exuberance to ensure that the testing program that they conduct on their tour is in line with the code, so we would hope this might be a stimulus to their coming on board in the right way," he said.
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Interesting

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Ephedrine, a stimulant often found in common over-the-counter drug remedies, has been at the centre of several notorious drug controversies in the past, but was reclassified last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

While ephedrine's use during competition remains prohibited, athletes may now avoid sanction if it is found in their system in the off-season, provided there is a valid reason for its presence, such as ingestion in a cold remedy.
I'm confused - as per their regulations the positive test finding is acceptable as well.

So this should be a wake up call because ?
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Or is it not acceptable by WADA standards ?
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the WTA ought to sign onto the WADA, not doing so gives the impression that all Larry Scott's furious talk about "our squeaky clean sport" is just a bunch of smoke. I didn't even know before all this that the WTA is not a WADA signatory. It's a bit surprising.
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if every Wta's player is so clear.....why is WTA so reticent????? it will be no problem
to test player 50 times by year,in and out competitions like in others sports.....
WTA'S and kuznetzovza's violent reactions are too strong to be honest.....
it's not credible at all...
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I'm curious. So, are the ATP rules totally different from
the WTA's?

This "incident" is a real case if it were the ATP, right?

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WADA = people who talk a lot of fanatical talk about trivia, but don't manage to accomplish anything about real drug cheats.

If anything, keeping away from that lot ... um .... enhances the WTA's image.

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I'm confused - as per their regulations the positive test finding is acceptable as well.

So this should be a wake up call because ?
Because it's only through more vigorous testing and more publicity about these testings that the WTA could shed some of the negative image it gained because of this incident. Just screaming "we have a clean tour" sounds more like WTA is trying to cover up some drug use.

Interesting that Larry Scott claimed that both he and WADA were outraged by the Belgian official, but in this article WADA doesn't appear that "outraged". This is from his statment:
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"The WTA Tour [and Wada are both] outraged by the irresponsible nature of the accusations and committed to ensuring that due process and proper procedures are followed."
What's the official reason why WTA didn't sign up/join WADA?
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I'm confused - as per their regulations the positive test finding is acceptable as well.

So this should be a wake up call because ?
I'm equally confused. I don't see how this says anything about the WTA's attitude to drug testing.
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nothing new here, they've been saying this for years

WADA have never been happy with tennis stance on drug policies, too lenient
they not happy with Football either, quite furious with them.

As Tennis hasnt actually signed up to the WADA code ( i.e. a 2 yr ban for drug cheats) until then they wont be happy.
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Because it's only through more vigorous testing and more publicity about these testings that the WTA could shed some of the negative image it gained because of this incident. Just screaming "we have a clean tour" sounds more like WTA is trying to cover up some drug use.

Interesting that Larry Scott claimed that both he and WADA were outraged by the Belgian official, but in this article WADA doesn't appear that "outraged". This is from his statment:


What's the official reason why WTA didn't sign up/join WADA?
They have pointed out ad infinitum that players are tested, the players talk about it, Sveta's 11 tests a year shows it is rigorous - the only other thing they could do is film it....

You can't prove a negative so all you can do is say we are doing enough to ensure we are clean.

Logically they shouldn't have any damage to undo over this episode. Any fool can tell that cough mixture isn't anything to get excited about and they have been pretty clear that no rules were broken. They couldn't have put it any more clearly. Not much more they could do there - you can't design policy to convince fools.

Can't think of any other sport where the players travel so much, come from so many countries and have such a short off season so you would expect tennis to have unique rules.

Not sure that the ATP is a great example either given the nonsense of its players being brought up for drug taking over food additives which was spun out for ages even though the additives were official ones.

The real problems are the standard problem with international institutions and the standard problem with technology - nationalism and change. If you have big states that don't support drug testing and want to win or are too big to test everyone its debatable how much point there is doing it at all other than to protect the health of your own people. its like cutting CO2 emissions when Chinese energy consumption is going up by 10% every year. Even if you get over that you have a situation where the technology of drug taking moves faster than the technology of testing. Given the amount of drug taking in other sports joining WADA obviously isn't a cure for anything.
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Because it's only through more vigorous testing and more publicity about these testings that the WTA could shed some of the negative image it gained because of this incident. Just screaming "we have a clean tour" sounds more like WTA is trying to cover up some drug use.
The negative image is mainly because this matter was handled so badly by the person that announced it.

From where I'm standing a player tested positive for a drug that she is allowed to take by both the WTA and WADA so I fail to see why this is a wake up call.

Of course, if she had tested positive for a banned substance that would be wholly different and he would have a point.

Still, it is a matter of opinion .
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WADA knows NADA (i'm so clever).

they are mars god of war in disguise trying to seek out the warrior princess in the form of the women's tennis association and svetlana. jupiter will have his vengence
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