The fall-out from Lance Armstrong’s drugs confessions has reached the other side of the world. Leading players here at the Australian Open have been united in their condemnation of the American cyclist and several have backed the calls, first made by Andy Murray at the end of last year, for more blood tests. Most importantly, the International Tennis Federation is to increase its budget for drug testing and is set to introduce biological passports, along the lines of those used in cycling.
Novak Djokovic revealed here that he had not been blood-tested for “six or seven months”. In 2011 only 21 tennis players worldwide – 18 men and three women – were blood-tested out of competition by the ITF, which administers the sport’s anti-doping programme, and by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Murray, who had a maximum of three such tests in 2011 and none at all in 2010, says he would welcome more.
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The Wall St. Journal has a piece on Luis Garcia del Moral, the doctor who has been accused of helping Lance Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service teammates run a covert doping program from 1999 to 2003.
Garcia del Moral, who w Valencia, Spain, denies any involvement, but former Armstrong teammates portray him as the chain-smoking mastermind behind their success. Nicknamed “The Black Cat,” he allegedly told one rider, “you’re not a real professional if you don’t take drugs.”
Besides denying these accusations, the doctor told the Journal that he hopes they won’t hurt the reputation of his other athlete clients, in particular Roland Garros runner-up Sara Errani. Garcia del Moral has been associated with the TenisVal Academy in Valencia, home at various times to Errani and David Ferrer.
Errani’s brother, Davide, told the paper that she had never been treated by Garcia del Moral, aside from one routine cardiac examination. The story overshoots its mark by, as the doctor predicted, citing Errani’s recently improved results without citing any evidence, other than guilt by association, that she doped. Still, the connection warrants more questions from the ITF‘s anti-doping authorities.
– Wall Street Journal
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