WADA has no plans to intervene in Kuznetsova case
January 21, 2005
LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has no plans to intervene in U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova
's positive drug test.
The Russian tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine during an offseason exhibition in Belgium on Dec. 19. Analysis of her backup sample has not been done yet.
WADA president Dick Pound, in Belgium for a sports conference Friday, faulted Belgian regional sports minister Claude Eerdekens for announcing the result. Eerdekens said he acted in the interest of openness.
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``He should not be saying anything because there is no positive test until we have a B,'' Pound told The Associated Press. ``Then we don't know whether it is an in- or out-of-competition event.''
Pound said WADA would not pursue the case if tennis authorities did not consider it a doping infraction. The WTA Tour has suggested Kuznetsova will not be penalized. Under anti-doping rules, ephedrine -- often found in cold medicine -- is not banned outside competition. Pound said it was up to sports federations to set the limits on the offseason. ``It is an in-competition prohibition,'' Pound said. ``An exhibition match is not competition.''