Originally Posted by Hulet
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.