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WTA wants to change whereabouts regulation after Wickmayer flap

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"Allaster said the WTA was committed to supporting the young Belgian, who made the fourth round in Melbourne, and said her case had highlighted problems with WADA's procedures."

About time did they have to wait 3 months to come up with that...
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WTA calls for changes to ‘whereabouts’ rule

WTA calls for changes to ‘whereabouts’ rule

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—The head of the WTA wants changes to certain anti-doping rules, notably the stringent “whereabouts” rule that initially led to a one-year ban for Yanina Wickmayer.

Wickmayer has appealed the ban and was allowed to play at the Australian Open and other tournaments while the appeal is pending in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the European Commission.

There are rules in place and professional athletes have to follow the rules. Do the rules need to be changed? Yes, we are advocating for changes as it relates to (the) whereabouts program,” Stacey Allaster, the chairman and CEO of the women’s tennis tour, said Friday.

Wickmayer was banned in November for breaking World Anti-Doping Agency regulations by failing three times to report her whereabouts for drug testing.

She never failed a doping test, and claimed that she was not properly informed of the online reporting requirements for drug-testing that led to her ban. She said that letters notifying her of her breach of the rule were sent to her home in Belgium while she was in Australia.

Wickmayer appealed to a Belgian court and the controversial suspension was lifted last month. But the cutoff for main draw entries at the season’s first Grand Slam had already passed, so she had to go the qualifying route. Wickmayer would have been seeded No. 16 for the Australian Open based on her ranking. She lost in the fourth round to Justine Henin.

“Everyone in the sport has zero tolerance for doping,” Allaster said. “I think the whereabouts program is good. Some of the procedures in the whereabouts program need to be modified for our sport.

WADA’s “whereabouts” rule requires elite athletes to make themselves available—at times they can specify—for out-of-competition testing on any given day. They must give three months’ notice of where they will be so they can be tested at random.

Three missed tests results in an automatic ban.

Many athletes have spoken out against the system since it was imposed at the beginning of last year, saying it violates their right to privacy, and 65 athletes in Belgium started court proceedings against the whereabouts system, citing the European Convention on Human Rights.

The women’s tennis circuit includes 53 tournaments for 10 months of the year.

During competition, we know where they are, they’re here. They don’t know if they’re going to win a match or not. They don’t know when they’re going to get their practice court. It’s very difficult to keep that system updated,” Allaster said. “If WADA wants to come in, or a national doping association wants to come in and test them, all they have to do is look at the schedule".

That’s where we’ve been saying, what works for all sports doesn’t work for our sport procedurally when they are in competition. And they are in competition 10 months of the year,” she said.

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yanina or stacey?
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Stacey....at least she's thinking about the whereabouts rules, and she makes some good points (I'll wait to see what else she does in the next few months to decide if I really like her )... Yanina's Ok...not a big fan, but what happened to her sucks obviously.

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I have a good rule

Test all players at the start of each tournament, Q R1 or MD R1/R2
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The problem is it still doesn't cover out of comp testing. But it'd be a good start I guess.

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They need to be tested in the off-season too ...

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During competition, we know where they are, they’re here. They don’t know if they’re going to win a match or not. They don’t know when they’re going to get their practice court. It’s very difficult to keep that system updated,” Allaster said. “If WADA wants to come in, or a national doping association wants to come in and test them, all they have to do is look at the schedule".

That’s where we’ve been saying, what works for all sports doesn’t work for our sport procedurally when they are in competition. And they are in competition 10 months of the year,” she said.
This here is good common sense. Wouldn't it be nice if just once in the crazy world good common sense prevailed?

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This here is good common sense. Wouldn't it be nice if just once in the crazy world good common sense prevailed?
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I blame the ATP, the ITF and the WTA for signing up to the WADA whereabouts code WITHOUT IRONING OUT ALL THESE PROBLEMS BEFOREHAND.

They were just as obvious then as they are now.

Sure, everyone wants a clean sport and I support the moves to get doping testing done under the auspices of WADA. But this should have been thought through first!

Now the tours leave themselves in the silly position of trying to change a procedure that they seemed happy to go along with when WADA introduced this whereabouts requirement.
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Re: WTA calls for changes to ‘whereabouts’ rule

They seem like entirely sensible suggestions from Stacey Allaster to me. Whilst the whereabouts programme seems to place overly restrictive demands on players, I'd rather have it in-place than see tennis dragged through the mud the same way that cycling and athletics have been in the past. Some procedural changes are needed, though.
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So what they could do

* Test players every player at the start of a tournament.

* Test players during the off-season on each Monday.

* If a player misses her first whereabouts, the person should be contacted via WTA/ITF via telephone.

* Deliberately missing a doping test should result in a 2 month suspension.

Any other things to be added?
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