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AsGoodAsNew
Dec 20th, 2005, 06:47 PM
No doubt many have asked before, but I'm curious to know what the WTA policy on drug testing is - given the Sesil issue already posted on here.

Is it an anytime, anyplace, anywhere policy? Obligatory? Or random? If random, can that be fair? I don't believe that tennis is totally clean, no sport is - not saying it's right! But is everyone tested in a Grand Slam? Sorry for my ignorance - but to hang a girl out to dry if no else is tested seems daft to me! Shouldn't everyone be tested all the time?

Kimmi
Dec 20th, 2005, 07:00 PM
I think it is random, but I dunno for sure. You can check out antidoping on the WTA website here (http://www.wtatour.com/thewtatour/antidoping/). You can also find out who was tested and where here (http://www.wtatour.com/global/pdfs/shared/thewtatour/antidoping/numbers.pdf)

Hope this is some help.

AsGoodAsNew
Dec 21st, 2005, 02:38 PM
Thank you!

LostInThe80s
Dec 21st, 2005, 02:42 PM
I wonder how many of those banned products are available at local stores.

creep
Dec 21st, 2005, 04:31 PM
I wonder how many of those banned products are available at local stores.

Seven

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 21st, 2005, 05:08 PM
WTA have very lax rules,
it was only cos it was a slam that the ITF had the testings done

DanWoody
Dec 21st, 2005, 05:33 PM
WTA have very lax rules,
it was only cos it was a slam that the ITF had the testings done

Probably because in tennis doping doesn't make much sense. They play the whole year, and doping makes sense if there is only 1 or 2 big events like olympiad or world championship.

As far as I know, doping increases your performance only for a specific time, then it decreases dramatically. So it doesn't make much sense, if you want to play well the whole year.

rand
Dec 21st, 2005, 06:02 PM
Probably because in tennis doping doesn't make much sense. They play the whole year, and doping makes sense if there is only 1 or 2 big events like olympiad or world championship.

As far as I know, doping increases your performance only for a specific time, then it decreases dramatically. So it doesn't make much sense, if you want to play well the whole year.
that's not true, otherwise the sport withthe most cases of doping wouln't be cycling, which has one of the longest seasons....(less than tennis nowadays, but this is extreme), a lot of products are useful in building up your condition or your muscles, which is something you can effect on for a long time

Ferosh
Dec 21st, 2005, 06:36 PM
I don't know what is their position on doping! I'm sure however, that a top name in tennis would never be implicated in a doping scandal.

crazillo
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:19 PM
Thanx, really interesting. 4 times one week is harsh!

DanWoody
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:24 PM
that's not true, otherwise the sport withthe most cases of doping wouln't be cycling, which has one of the longest seasons....(less than tennis nowadays, but this is extreme), a lot of products are useful in building up your condition or your muscles, which is something you can effect on for a long time
I know that from football, where it was said by some doctors. Normally football players don't have doping, because they play the whole year also.

Certainly you're right about the muscles, but those blood doping doesn't function over the whole year, because the body would break down.

rand
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:40 PM
I know that from football, where it was said by some doctors. Normally football players don't have doping, because they play the whole year also.

Certainly you're right about the muscles, but those blood doping doesn't function over the whole year, because the body would break down.
true, but
a)we're not talking only blood doping
b)even when talking blood-doping, you can use it on training to improve your muscular mass, which is what many cyclists do....even if you use it only for a short time, the positive effects last for a while...