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Testing times for tennis players, but cyclists have it worse
That’s Lance Armstrong’s Twitter feed on Feb 13, a few hours ago.
I bet if his mum doesn’t know where he is, the anti-doping authorities do.
Since he announced his return last September, the seven-times Tour de France champion has undergone 18 tests — that is, three or four a month.
With the big races coming, it will not get better for him and he might end the season having given his blood or urine 50 times or so.
In the light of those numbers, you might wonder why athletes from other sports, notably some tennis players, are complaining about having to give so much information on their whereabouts to the anti-doping people.
Cycling has been hit by a series of doping scandals and we can all recite the names of riders who have been caught cheating. But why does cycling have to take the blame for doping in SPORT?
Blood tests have been common in cycling since the end of 1999, yet in football, for example, UEFA did not introduce similar checks at the European Championship until 2008.
So you can see that cyclists are unlikely to have much sympathy for tennis players and their complaints over the system, even if to fans it may seem they have a point.
Anyway, the ADAMS software (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) is quite easy to use. After all, it’s just like Twitter or Facebook. And your mum will get to know where you are.
PHOTO: An employee of Swiss Berlinger & Co. AG puts security caps on A and a B bottles, used for the collection of urine samples in doping tests, at the company’s plant in Ganterschwil east of Zurich August 15, 2008. Berlinger produces more than 150,000 kits of A and B bottles per year, each marked with an forgery-proof unique number and a security cap. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann