ATP steroid investigation attacked in Wada report - Tennis - Sport - The Independent

ATP steroid investigation attacked in Wada report

As Greg Rusedski continued his rehabilitation as a world top 100 player yesterday by competing in the quarter-finals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, the ATP Tour's nandrolone investigation was criticised in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

As Greg Rusedski continued his rehabilitation as a world top 100 player yesterday by competing in the quarter-finals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, the ATP Tour's nandrolone investigation was criticised in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Rusedski, who was exonerated by an independent tribunal in March after testing positive for the steroid at a tournament in Indianapolis in July 2003, was not mentioned in the Wada report, which reviewed the findings in seven nandrolone cases between August 2002 and May 2003.

Like Rusedski, however, the Czech Bohdan Ulihrach, who was exonerated on appeal after serving one year of a two-year ban, and six other players, who were protected by the ATP's confidentiality clause, were found to have an identical analytical fingerprint.

The ATP at first thought the source of the problem was contaminated supplements distributed by its own trainers, but tests showed this was not the case. Moreover, players continued to test positive for the banned substance after the ATP trainers stopped distributing supplements.

In its report yesterday, Wada said: "Now it is clearly established that the source of contamination is not the electrolyte, the legal analysis behind the seven cases is not sustainable. The consequence and the problem arising from the situation is that there are seven cases where exonerations were granted on what are now clearly unsustainable grounds and the exonerations may not now be able to be revisited."

The ATP responded by emphasising that none of the cases can be reopened. While admitting that it "simply does not know" the source of the nandrolone problem - "it could be a supplement we haven't found; it could be intentional doping" - the ATP expressed a determination to continue to investigate the cause.

Wada raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest arising from the fact that the ATP, which conducts its own drugs programme, is an organisation which is owned 50 per cent by the players.

"In many sports," the report said, "the disciplinary procedures are within the jurisdiction of the governing body of the sport, i.e. the International Federation, in most cases with no such player ownership. For tennis, this body would be ITF [International Tennis Federation]. In ATP's situation, there is obviously a perceived, if not real, conflict of interest."

Rejecting that, the ATP said: "ATP has prosecuted 15 players since January 2001 for adverse analytical positives. Seven of those 15 players were sanctioned with doping offences ranging from two months to two years. The tribunals that exonerated eight of those 15 players were, as Wada acknowledges, 'independent of the ATP and indeed, of the sport of tennis'."

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Sport
Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
champions league
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
Arts and Entertainment
Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
booksJarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week