Pound wants further inquiry into Rusedski drugs case

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Dick Pound, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, believes Greg Rusedski's drugs case should be reopened.

Dick Pound, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, believes Greg Rusedski's drugs case should be reopened.

The British No 2 was recently cleared by a tribunal following his positive test for nandrolone, but Pound said the ATP might want to "seek further explanation" when a Wada report into the nandrolone outbreak in tennis is released.

The string of elevated readings was first blamed on contaminated supplements but suspicion has since fallen on electrolytes, or salt tablets, supplied by the ATP.

Pound said he "always thought Rusedski was trying to get lost in the crowd", adding that he believed it was impossible Rusedski would have been unaware of the need to avoid possible sources of nandrolone.

"This is not a 12-year-old told to go to bed on time," he said. "This is a 30-year-old professional tennis player who is clearly aware of all these cases, yet persists with the behaviour that led to the positive tests and then says, 'Well, you didn't tell me'. It defies imagination."

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