Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Quote For The Day

"We're going to appeal because we still don't have all the elements which will allow us to decide whether a sanction of one year is appropriate. The scale of sanctions (under the world anti-doping Code) is between one and two years. To drop down from two to one year there have to be justifiable elements. We're going to meet the Flemish authorities Friday to see how we can coordinate our actions, and to be consistent in how we approach this case because the athletes seem to want to make it an affair of principles on different levels."

--Olivier Niggli, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) legal director, on why WADA is seeking a tougher penalty against Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse


Helen W said...

From crazy to crazier ....

Attention O PTB! Being over lax in the past is not a good reason to be over zealous in the future! Why don't you take this opportunity to work out some rational policies?

The Tennis Bloke said...

1 year is too much already. WADA should give the Belgians here a break. I suggest to be fair to everyone, before banning a player, they should be informed personally of a 3rd penalty so they can not make the excuse of not being informed about rules. I think Hingis and the Belgians got the raw end of the deal here. Gasquet, who was proven to have taken a drug albeit inadvertently got away with a 3 month suspension. Where's the common sense here?

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Karen said...

Is there something in this story that we are not hearing. I cannot understand why WADA is being so very harsh? Is there some investigative journalist out there who can do a little digging and find out exactly what are the real issues, because I cannot understand that even though the rules say that you can be suspended if you do not comply with the whereabouts I get the feeling that there is more to this than that. The fact Xavier is not appealing as well as Wickmayer taking her time to announce whether she will be appealing just raises my eyebrows.