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Doping whirlwind in tennis | News.at

Accordingly, the ITF is said to have warned the players before the US Open 2021 that they would have to submit a blood sample for the biological athlete passport (ABP). The professionals were also asked before the US Open 2019 and the Miami Open at the end of March to book time slots for these tests via the online anti-doping portal. According to the newspaper, a corresponding message from Nicole Sapstead, head of the ITF’s anti-doping program, is available. This would have given the players four days’ lead time for their test. “I don’t think the ITF should announce when it will conduct doping tests on athletes,” Luis Horta, the former head of the Portuguese Anti-Doping Agency, was quoted as saying.

The ITF Anti-Doping Program is administered by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), an independent body. “The aim is to collect data from as many players as possible so that we have the broadest possible database,” said the ITIA in a statement available to the “Mail on Sunday”. Logistically, it makes sense to “arrange this once or twice a year in advance” so that as many players as possible can be tested.

The athlete passport can be used to determine changes in the blood values ​​and thus possible doping violations. For example, blood doping from ingestion of endurance-enhancing erythropoietin (EPO) can be detected by abnormalities in a player’s biomarkers.

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