World number two Rafael Nadal says athletes are being treated “like criminals” over doping controls. The Spanish star said he underwent “16 or 17” tests this year, the last one at his home on Saturday.
“We are being treated like criminals, and this is something to take into account because I don't see politicians undergoing anti-doping controls or anything like it,” Nadal told DPA.
“I am simply one sportsman more. I accept the anti-doping controls but they seem to me to be exaggerated,” he said.
Nadal will travel to India on December 29 to prepare for the new season at the Chennai Open, ahead of the first major of the year, the Australian Open.
And maybe I’m missing something here, but could someone clarify the sportsman/politician analogy for me, please?
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