Saturday March 9, 2013
Players welcome biological passports ruling
INDIAN WELLS (California): Roger Federer and Andy Murray, who have been outspoken in calling for more stringent anti-doping measures in tennis, welcomed the introduction of biological passports for players.
The International Tennis Federation announced the move in London on Thursday, after a meeting of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme working group that includes representatives from the ITF, ATP, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments.
The ITF said there was unanimous support for the introduction of the passport, which is used to detect variances in biological make-up that might indicate doping and has been introduced in cycling.
“That’s good news,” Federer said as he prepared to launch his defence of the Indian Wells ATP Masters title.
US Open champion Andy Murray of Scotland also welcomed the move.
“It’s one of the best ways to ensure your sport stays as clean as possible and it’s good tennis has made that jump,” he said of the ystem that is considered one of the most effective methods of detecting the use of performance-enhancing drugs and blood boosters like EPO. — AFP