Doping policy “disgrace”

WADA wants to know, what's in your bottle? (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/ AFP/ Getty Images)

WADA wants to know, what's in your bottle? (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Seems Rafa isn’t too happy about the new doping policy from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that into force on January 1. The policy states that players inform the WADA of their day to day whereabouts every three months.

If a sportsperson cannot be found where they said they would be three times in an 18-month period, he or she is considered to have violated anti-doping regulations and is liable for sanctions.

That sounds like guilty before proven innocent to me.

‘Even my mother or my uncle do not know where I am sometimes, so having to send a message or to be scared all day in case there is a last-minute change seems to me to be a complete exaggeration,’ Nadal warned.

He opted to designate the hotel where he stays during each tournament and 7 am as his contact details.

‘That is the only time when I am sure I will be there,’ the player said.

He has already had a visit from anti-doping agents at his home on the Spanish island of Mallorca, at 8am on a Saturday. He had just had a night out with his friends.

‘So you can imagine…’

‘Those are things that completely have to change, and there is a unanimous voice on that in the locker room,’ said the Spaniard, who is also the vice president of the ATP players’ council. ‘It is an intolerable hunt. We have proved that we are a clean sport. You can count (doping) cases with one hand.’

Do you know where you are going to be at a certain hour every day for the next three months? And wouldn’t having to report that to the authorities make you feel like you are on parole?

‘In the end we are humans and we do not have to feel like criminals just because we do sport,’ Nadal said.