Tennis Athletes Association To Provide “Doping Database”
A new organization called the Tennis Athletes Association has formed, and its stated main goal is to provide an “open and reliable” database of doping test results, and the mandatory non-use of TUEs. Now, I followed the most recent tennis doping story closely (we all know who we’re talking about), but that was a new acronym for me that I had to look up. Here’s what a TUE is:
The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
Its stated core values on a their somewhat bare-bones website:
Promotion the development of tennis as a clean sport. Publication of an open database of all anti-doping tests results and biological passport records. To encourage the development of the clean sport. Players with Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) are not accepted. Clear rules and transparency in the drug-testing policy. What is in the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, is prohibited for all tennis athletes, without exception. Athletes are at the centre of the TAA Integrity Campaign, they have the right to compete in clean and fair sport.
* TAA is a non-profit organization.
* No cost to join. Anyone can join who agrees with the “TAA rules and conditions”.
*”Create an account for instant access to your personal information. Be the part of the TAA Integrity Campaign, upload photos and dates when you are tested, biological passports, screenshots and all the information about your anti-doping tests.”
I’d look into this a little deeper before joining, but that’s just me. Besides the fact that the website is poorly written, the part about uploading photos and dates of when you are drug tested, biological passports and additional data all seem to be pretty invasive in terms of privacy. It states anyone can join. I can flat guarantee you the average park tennis player never gets drug tested. Who would care, after all? Is the guy who beat you last Saturday so hell-bent on doing so again that he’s gonna gobble steroids like M&Ms? Doubtful.
They mention Nadal as wanting to make these types of records public, but he’s got a lot on the line, and he benefits by the transparency of such a thing. They cite Murray being against doping (of course), and Federer about saving blood samples. Don’t make the error of thinking those guys are endorsing or are a part of this site. It looks like it just went live, and no one has yet joined. There aren’t any names associated with the site, either. You know, doctors or players with years of experience “banding together for the greater good of sport,” that sort of thing. It must be European, given the use of the word “centre” on their site.
Tennis as a “clean” sport is something everyone wants and supports. Make no mistake. I’m just not quite sure of this website’s motives at this time.