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Friday 30, Nov 2012

Bobby Julich Leaves Team Sky

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Bobby Julich Leaves Team Sky

American coach Bobby Julich became the victim of Team Sky’s anti-doping purge after he confessed to drug offenses fourteen years ago and team principal Dave Brailsford admitted it was “highly likely” further backroom staff will be sacked.

Brailsford recently asked staff and riders to confirm that they had no history of doping as cycling tries to clean itself in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. A teammate of Armstrong at Motorola and Cofidis between 1995 and 1997, Julich has now admitted to doping during the late 1990s, when he finished third in the Tour de France.

Brailsford remarked it is painful and it is the cost of being at the forefront of people being able to believe that we can do it clean and further added that Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky and it is critical to emphasize that there have been no doubts about his work with Team Sky or his approach as a coach and Julich has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with Team Sky.

Brailsford also remarked that Team Sky has made its commitment clear to being a clean team and it believes this is the right thing to do although it is never easy to part. The Team Sky Head said the attention is bound now to turn to senior directeur sportif Sean Yates, who also rode with Armstong at Motorola and helped coach him at the 2005 Tour de France with Discovery and again four years later with Astana. Julich insisted that he stopped making the use of performance enhancing drugs in 1998 after finishing third in the Tour and his then fiancée Angela, now his wife, stumbled across his drug use.

Julich, an Olympic silver medalist in the 2004 time-trial, has been a time-trial coach at Sky for two years and his role included working closely with time-trial specialists such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. The cyclist will receive an undisclosed parachute payment from Sky under the interview and disclosure system Sky have put in place after the United States Anti-Doping Agency report but his contract would have been terminated without any financial package if he had failed to admit his doping past, and it subsequently came to light.

Julich made a full confession to his doping past when he met Brailsford and elaborated further last night when he published an open letter to “Sky, family, friends, fans and supporters of cycling” and said those days were different from today and he knew that he was doing wrong over those two years but the attitude surrounding the use of EPO in the peloton was so casual and accepted that he personally lost perspective of the gravity of the situation.

Although Tour de France victory of Brad Wiggins in the Sky colors this summer has widely been accepted as clean and untainted, leading anti-doping scientist Michael Ashenden has warned that nobody can be considered above suspicion.

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Thursday 29, Nov 2012

WADA Will Not Appeal Reduced Sanctions

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WADA Will Not Appeal Reduced Sanctions

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has remarked that it will not appeal against the decision to sanction six of the former teammates of Lance Armstrong. The United States Anti-Doping Agency handed down bans to George Hincapie, Michael Barry, David Zabriskie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, and Christian Vandevelde for their own doping confessions but the terms were later reduced to a period of six months each after they all agreed to provide written testimony on the US Postal case.

The sanctions have already started and Michael Barry and George Hincapie have both signalled their retirement, while the remaining cyclists will all be free to race as of next spring. Vande Velde, Zabriskie, and Danielson all ride for Jonathan Vaughters’ Garmin-Sharp and receive the support of the team ever since they were linked or accused of doping in 2010. The 38-year-old Leipheimer has indicated his desire to race next season but was fired by Omega Pharma QuickStep after news of his confession broke, leaving him without a team for 2013.

WADA Director General David Howman remarked that fight against doping benefits from evidence that is provided voluntarily by athletes where it results in the dismantling of conspiracies and the discovery of intentional doping. The WADA Code itself supports the concept of reduced sentences for athletes in this situation, said Howman and added the culture of Omerta within professional cycling may only be broken if athletes are encouraged to take a step forward and confess to their doping in the past. Zero tolerance policies have been adopted by Team Sky and GreenEdge and they have fired staff members who have confessed to taking drugs, even as far back as 1998.

Howman further added that we need to encourage athletes to come forward with information that is useful to anti-doping cases as very often that information is the most effective evidence and furthers the rights of clean athletes and it is the reason why WADA has reservations about the zero tolerance idea that is presently being suggested. Though all of us want a clean sport but there must be some incentive for people to come forward and help the anti-doping authorities for achieving that goal. The WADA Director General added that there is no point to ask anyone to disclose fully matters from the past that is not in the knowledge of any one and possibly will never will be known if the outcome for it is a long sanction or the loss of job and this leads to a code of silence or a continuation of the ‘omerta’ that obviously ran rampant in cycling and further added that the World Anti-Doping Agency is always open to suggestions that enhance the fight against doping in sport, but there needs to be a thorough realization of how zero tolerance might effectively operate before embracing it as a principle.

However, many still view that the punishment for all who doped should be same and just accusing another and getting a light suspension is not a fair practice.

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Wednesday 28, Nov 2012

Armstrong Quits Cancer Charity

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Armstrong Quits Cancer Charity

The seven-time Tour de France cycling winner, Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles on cheating allegations, has cut his last official tie with the cancer charity Livestrong by resigning from its board. The cyclist who stepped down as chairman of the group was the target of a report released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that alleged he was part of the largest sports cheating ring in cycling history.

The last day of the disgraced cyclist as a board member at the charity he founded in 1997 was November 4, according to Katherine McLane, a spokeswoman for the group. McLane said Lance decided to resign from the foundation’s board to spare it any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career. Armstrong has not completely severed ties with the foundation but “his visibility will be reduced,” added communications chief Katherine McLane. Katherine added that Lance is still the foundation’s creator though he has no formal leadership role in the organization and the foundation is focusing on elevating the voices and stories of survivors all around the world not just a single individual.

The Austin, Texas-based foundation was created by Lance Armstrong after his career was almost abruptly ended by testicular cancer and Livestrong mission is to connect cancer patients with resources to help with their care, and to inspire them to live active lives.

The cyclist has always maintained that he never cheated and vehemently denied all doping allegations but his decision not to fight the round of charges against him allowed the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the governing body of cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale, to strip him of his wins. The cyclist recently posted a picture on his Twitter account of lying on the couch with seven of the Tour de France yellow jerseys on the wall behind him. The cyclist was issued a life ban and stripped of seven Tour de France titles in August by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which last month revealed 1,000 pages of evidence against him, including testimony from 11 former teammates. He also faces legal actions which could see him required to return millions in prize money and bonus payments besides facing the possible risk of being stripped of the time-trial bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Livestrong’s popularity has fallen out of the list of the 400 charities in the Chronicle of Philanthropy though it still remains the top athlete-founded charity. The cancer foundation is hopeful that donors will look past the alleged cheating of the cyclist to the good work done by the charitable foundation in linking cancer patients with resources, Greg Lee, remarked the foundation’s chief financial officer before an announcement on the board resignation of Lance Armstrong and added that the foundation has sufficient reserves to survive a downturn. Garvey said Livestrong is “deeply grateful” for Armstrong’s “devotion to serving survivors” and Lance was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer, Livestrong chairman Jeff Garvey said.

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Tuesday 27, Nov 2012

Coates And Pound Swap Barbs

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Coates Wants Sweeping Anti-Doping Powers

John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), has fired back at high-profile anti-doping crusader Dick Pound over the involvement of Coates in the world cycling crisis. The president of the Court of Arbitration for Sport board, Coates, had suggested names for a three-member inquiry panel and the commission will be including “respected senior lawyer”, a forensic accountant and an experienced sports administrator all “independent of cycling”, the cycling governing body said.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said the purpose of this independent commission is to look into the findings of the USADA report and ultimately to make conclusions and recommendations that will enable the UCI to restore confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body.

Coates and Pound had a long history when Coates had a win over the Canadian two years ago for the presidency of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).

The former World Anti-Doping Agency president, Pound, has spoken about a potential conflict of interests because the governing body of cycling, the UCI, asked Coates to recommend members for its new independent commission that was announced in the wake of Lance Armstrong doping scandal, the biggest crisis in the sport’s history.

Pound retaliated by saying it was “troubling” that Coates and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen are members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Verbruggen was at the helm of the UCI when Lance Armstrong was at the peak of his racing career and the terms of independent commission may be bad news for him. Pound added that it will even be more troubling if another International Olympic Committee member was sitting on the independent commission as people may get a chance to say it that was the gang working for each other.

Coates fired back at these comments and said there was absolutely nothing wrong with his involvement and said he considers it fully appropriate for the ICAS President to be invited by the cycling’s governing body to make recommendations for the composition and membership of the commission and further added that he respects Pound but disagree with him that it should have been WADA that was invited. One of the most powerful men in Australian sport, Coates, and Pound will cross paths at several ICAS meetings in Shanghai this week.

Pound, who is also involved in the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), has been a strong critic of how the cycling’s governing body has handled the deep-seated doping problems within the sport and Coates backed his own anti-doping credibility and aimed at Pound for how he dealt with cycling during his time as WADA president. Coates remarked Dick Pound, when he was WADA head, waved a big stick at the UCI telling them to get their house in order, but nothing was achieved and said he has been pushing for over a decade for tougher laws around doping in sport.

Coates, earlier this month, made a proposal that any member of the Australian Olympic team would have to sign a statutory declaration that they had never doped.

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Monday 26, Nov 2012

Ban On Armstrong Just The Start, Says USADA

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Ban On Armstrong Just The Start, Says USADA

A full and independent investigation into doping in cycling has been called by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

The anti-doping agency banned the 41-year-old Texan rider for life and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles after saying it had exposed him as a drug cheat welcomed ratification of its sanctions against the cyclist and USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement that the UCI made the right decision in the Lance Armstrong case.

Tygart said USADA is glad that the governing body of cycling finally reversed course in this case and has made the credible decision available to it despite its prior opposition to USADA’s investigation into doping on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team and within the sport. He added that imposing a life ban on the cyclist was not the end of the problem because the investigation of USADA showed that doping was rife in professional cycling.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong for life and stripped of seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005 for doping. USADA labelled Armstrong a “serial” cheat and that he had led the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. After this, the International Cycling Union (UCI) accepted the USADA findings into systematic doping.

In the Lance Armstrong doping case, more than two dozen witnesses provided testimony in the case and a handful of teammates confessed to cheating of their own but USADA chief said that was just the tip of the iceberg and added that it is important that an independent and meaningful Truth and Reconciliation Commission be established so that cycling can fully unshackle itself from the past and truly move forward and for the world to know what went on in cycling. Tygart further added that there are many more details of doping that are hidden, many more doping doctors, and corrupt team directors and the omerta has not yet been fully broken and despite the fact that today is a historic day for clean sport, it does not mean clean sport is guaranteed for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, double Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas says the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will be helpful in cleaning up the sport in the long run. Thomas, who won team pursuit gold at the Beijing and London Olympics, admits the scandal has tarnished cycling but says the sport is now cleaning up its act and cycling has to move on from the Armstrong affair. The 26-year-old is a member of Team Sky, which has a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and the staff of Sky have been asked to sign a statement that they have had no previous involvement in doping. Thomas, who has returned to road cycling following his track triumph at London 2012, said it is sad to see cycling getting dragged through the dirt again and said it is time to learn from it and move on at the same time and keep pushing forward like we have done the last few years.

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Sunday 25, Nov 2012

Coates Wants Sweeping Anti-Doping Powers

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Coates Wants Sweeping Anti-Doping Powers


The Olympic Chief of Australia wants the anti-doping body of the country to be given sweeping powers for forcing witnesses to give evidence in its fight against drug use in sport.

ASADA, the national anti-doping agency, came into action after former Olympic cyclist Matt White admitted involvement in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. The life ban on the Texan rider relied on testimony from fellow riders in the absence of positive drug tests and national Olympic chief John Coates said the government should again consider strengthening the powers of ASADA for investigating allegations of doping practices. He added that the Australian Anti-doping Agency should have the power to compel witnesses to attend and give evidence and to produce documents relevant to such investigations.

President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Coates wrote his recommendations in a letter to Sport Minister Kate Lundy while responding to comments made by Lundy in which she said ASADA were “constantly improving their techniques” in the battle against substance abuse in sport. The call of Coates came as Australian Anti-doping Agency announced closer working ties with the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) for clamping down on doping cheats with greater efficiency and speed. The ASAD chief has been pushing for greater authority for investigators to get evidence since before the 2000 Sydney Olympics and remarked that many allegations of ADRVs (anti-doping rule violations) cannot be properly investigated and prosecuted without the power to compel the giving of oral and documentary evidence.

White said he had been part of a doping culture when he rode for the U.S. Postal Service team of Lance Armstrong from 2001 to 2003. Investigations into Armstrong was given a major boost by an initial federal grand jury probe that lasted for a period of two years and USADA pursued allegations of doping even after Armstrong was cleared of criminal charges in February. The anti-doping agency accused the 41-year-old Armstrong of being at the heart of the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program ever seen in sport and the cyclist has always denied doping but decided not to fight the charges. ASAD officials revealed that they were aware of allegations made against White in 2010 by American cyclist Floyd Landis but were unable to probe the accusations until now due to a U.S. federal investigation and the subsequent USADA inquiry. The Australian Anti-doping Agency said it would be seeking further information from USADA and Cycling Australia and ASADA has a duty to be both thorough and accurate in its investigation.

Meanwhile, Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrong’s teammate Frankie Andreu, labeled Armstrong as the ‘Bernie Madoff of the sporting world’ after the 41-year-old Texan rider was told to pay back every penny of prize money he won while using performance enhancing drugs. In another development, three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond is among those to call for a change of leadership at the governing body of cycling though president Pat McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen, now honorary president, have stood firm. The UCI has come under intense criticism and scrutiny before and since the publication of USADA report that concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen’.

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Saturday 24, Nov 2012

Anti-Doping Steps Mulled By Tennis

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Anti doping steps mulled by tennis

International Tennis Federation anti-doping manager Stuart Miller has remarked that tennis is evaluating whether to adopt blood-testing measures used by cycling and track to catch drug cheats. Miller remarked that ITF is very carefully looking at an athlete biological passport program in tennis.

In cycling and in track and field, biological passport programs are used for monitoring the blood readings of athletes over a period of time for possible tell-tale doping indications and the governing body of cycling, the UCI, and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), have used doping evidence gathered from these programs to ban athletes and target others for more testing. The ITF Anti-doping manager said “it would be nice” if tennis can establish such a system in 2013 but said he would not like to say it is surely happening until it can be correctly and effectively implemented. He added that the International Tennis Federation is also working towards more of the blood and out-of-competition drug tests it already does on tennis players.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray called for more out-of-competition and blood testing in tennis in the wake of Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Murray termed the Armstrong case “pretty shocking”, Federer said the idea of a lot of blood testing is acceptable to him.

The ITF and the World Anti-Doping Agency conducted just 21 out-of-competition blood tests in tennis in 2011 for detecting the abuse of growth hormone, transfusions using blood from donors, and blood-doping substances CERA and HBOCs and the vast majority of tests — 2,019 of a total of 2,150 — were urine.

Miller said the ITF is working very hard for increasing the proportion of out-of-competition testing, and particularly blood testing and he is hopeful that it will make some inroads into improving that by the end of the year. Miller said Federer was tested by the ITF an average of eight times per year from 2004-2006, 11 times per year from 2007-2009, and nine times per year in 2010-2012. ITF statistics on its website showed it did not tested Serena Williams out of competition at all in 2010 and 2011, years she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and lost a U.S. Open final though the tennis body did test Williams in-competition at least seven times in 2010 and between 1-3 times in-competition in 2011.

The 2011 French Open women’s singles winner from China, Li Na, was also not tested out of competition by the ITF or WADA in 2011 or in 2010, but was tested in-competition.

The USADA website shows that it had not organized a test on the 15-time major winner since 2008 before one test in the second quarter of this year.

In 2011, 510 of the 642 tested tennis players were not tested out of competition at all while cycling conducts 6,500 more tests than tennis on professional road racers last year and an average of nine tests per rider, compared to an average 3.4 tests per player in tennis and Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the Giro d’Italia, has had 22 urine tests and 13 blood controls so far this year.The ITF budget shows it spent $1.3 million on testing in 2011 while cycling says it spent $4.7 million on testing alone in 2011, with teams, riders, race organizers and the UCI all contributing.

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Friday 23, Nov 2012

Vande Velde Admits To Doping

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Vande Velde Admits To Doping

Cyclist Christian Vande Velde of Lemont, who was among the 11 former Lance Armstrong teammates who admitted to doping during testimony under oath in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation of Armstrong, has received a ban of six months from the agency.

In an affidavit, Velde said he had doped from 1999 through 2005 and made regular use of testosterone and the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO), both banned substances, and also received injections of human growth hormone (hGH), another banned substance, and of a banned corticosteroid.

The cyclist received a ban of six months, retroactive to September. His ban started from September 9 2012, and he has lost his results from June 4, 2004 through until April 30 2006. Meanwhile, Tom Danielson has been banned from September 1 2012, and loses his results from March 1 2005 until September 23, 2006 and David Zabriskie’s ban starts from September 1, 2012 and he loses all results from May 12, 2003, until July 31st 2006. The penalties on Velde also include an agreement not to accept a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

The USADA provided details on how it reached at the conclusion that Lance Armstrong was the leader behind organized doping in the United States Postal team. Thereafter, the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from events governed by the World Anti-Doping Code.

Vande Velde said in a statement released by his current team, Slipstream Sports that he is deeply sorry for the decisions he made in the past. The 36-year-old cyclist rode with Armstrong’s U.S. Postal team during all of his first Tour victory in 1999 and started the 2001 Tour for the Postal team but withdrew after he crashed into a post during the seventh stage. Vande Velde said in the statement that he as a young pro rider competed drug free but made the wrong choice when he was presented with a choice that seemed like the only way to continue to follow his dream at the highest level of the sport and that is a decision that he deeply regrets.

USADA said in a statement that it takes tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully as it is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment.

After the 2003 season, Vande Velde left US Postal and went on to complete the Tour de France seven more times, taking fourth place in 2008 and eighth in 2009. The cyclist testified to first-hand knowledge of widespread doping by several USPS riders and Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of Tour de France, was one of them. Vande Velde never had a confirmed positive test like Armstrong and most of the others. Vande Velde, in his affidavit, said he first knowingly violated anti-doping rules by taking testosterone at the 1999 Tour de France and then started taking EPO (erythropoietin) at the end of 2000, under Italian doctor Michele Ferrari’s doping program.

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Thursday 22, Nov 2012

USADA Bans Accepted By Danielson, Vande Velde, And Zabriski

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USADA Bans Accepted By Danielson, Vande Velde, And Zabriski

After making statements that they doped during their respective times as teammates of Lance Armstrong, Garmin-Sharp riders Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie have accepted their bans imposed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

While Vande Velde has been banned from September 9 2012, and lost his results from June 4, 2004 through until April 30 2006, the suspension of Zabriskie starts from September 1, 2012 and he loses all results from May 12, 2003, until July 31st 2006 and Danielson has been banned from September 1 2012, and loses his results from March 1 2005 until September 23, 2006. Each rider has received a ban of six months. The bans imposed by USADA on Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma Quick Step), Michael Barry (Team Sky), and George Hincapie (BMC), all former US Postal riders have also been accepted by the riders.

In a statement released by Garmin-Sharp, the team said Slipstream Sports was created for the formation of a team where cyclists could compete 100% clean and it is good to see the incredible strides cycling has taken to clean itself up. The statement further read that cycling has never been cleaner and Garmin-Sharp finds itself at a critical moment in cycling’s evolution: confronting its history.

Fourth in the team’s debut Tour de France in 2008, Vande Velde, turned professional with US Postal in 1998 and started the Tour the following year and rode until the end of the 2003 season for it. Velde said he used EPO during his stints at Liberty Seguros and at CSC under Bjarne Riio. The USADA report stated Vande Velde who was a somewhat reluctant doper who nonetheless worked with Dr. Michele Ferrari and submitted to his doping regimen of EPO for many seasons.

Vande Velde admits to his doping and made apologies for his past in a statement and said he loves cycling and he failed and succeeded in one of the most humbling sports in the world. He added that he competed drug free as a young pro rider, but decided to go for performance enhancing drugs when presented with a choice, a decision which he deeply regrets. Velde added that he won races before and after doping and selected the wrong path. He said actually he never won after doping and decided to come out clean and racing well before Slipstream and believed in the team because of its unbending mission of clean sport.

Zabriskie, who joined Garmin in 2008, at the same time as Vande Velde and Danielson rode with Lance Armstrong from 2001 to 2004 and said he was introduced to doping by Postal team boss Johan Bruyneel who is currently fighting USADA’s charges. Zabriskie said he accepts full responsibility of his decision to use performance enhancing drugs and was happy to come forward and tell USADA his side of whole story to help bring the issue to the fore and assure a safe, healthy, and clean future for cycling. According to USADA, Danielson was directed towards Johan Bruyneel by Dr Ferrari.

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Wednesday 21, Nov 2012

More Doping Tests Coming, Says Tennis Boss

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Roger Federer and Andy Murray have been criticized by Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), for their doubts about the anti-doping program of the organization.

Bitti also remarked that he is considering doing more tests next year, especially out-of-competition blood tests. The ITF head remarked that till a few years ago, players were complaining because they were being tested and now they are complaining they are not tested enough.

Doubts were expressed by Federer and Murray about the anti-doping program in the wake of Lance Armstrong doping scandal that has shaken cycling and sport in general. Federer recently said he feels like being tested less now than six or seven years ago and said he agrees with Andy that we do not do a lot of blood tests during the year.

A veteran Italian sports official who is also a member of the executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Ricci Bitti, remarked in Prague during the Davis Cup final that what Federer said could be true of him, since testing is allocated by drawing lots but said he doesn’t think they are right. However, Bitti remarked that they surely help us by making such remarks as it allows us to move in the direction in which we want to proceed ahead but still it is strange that they change their minds a lot.

The head of ITF further remarked that defining ‘out of competition’ in tennis is harder, because ‘out’ is rather before or after the competition but the Tennis Federation will try to increase the percentage of tests done out of competition, blood tests, and the number of tests in general.

Ricci Bitti warned that tests done out of competition, blood tests, and the number of tests in general are the three areas on which we are working with our partners (the Grand Slams, the ATP and the WTA) but the ITF needs consensus, because increasing the program means a lot of money. According to the latest statistics of the ITF, 2150 tests were carried out in the sport in 2011, of which only 131 were blood tests and only 21 were done out of competition of the latter. Ricci Bitti said we believe that our anti-doping program is absolutely good and our work is highly appreciated in terms of quality.

But the ITF head was quick to accept some criticism by saying that he believes that ITF is a little bit exposed in terms of quantity and remarked he is not pretentious as to think that we can catch all cheats but confident that tennis is a clean sport. He went on to remark that ITF needs to improve its program but he is pretty much confident that tennis cannot have an Armstrong case that was  highly organized and scientific system, which is not the case with tennis.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was stripped of his titles by the ruling cycling body UCI after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said in a report he was involved in the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

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