zebedee said:Nadal's personal doctor, Dr Cotorro, flies out to Melbourne to treat his charge's blistered hand with some crazy wondermachine. This is the same Dr Cotorro who doubles as a doping control officer for the Spanish Tennis Federation.
Nice combination. The words conflict of interest do not exist in the Spanish sporting lexicon.
What is sad is the ITF's reaction.
When Puerto broke, and the Spanish authorities claimed "no other athletes other than cyclists are being investigated" (even though Fuentes said tennis players were involved), the ITF replied, "no action is needed by us".
When Del Moral was outed as a doping doctor, and was known to work with highly ranked tennis players, the ITF replied, "no action is needed by us".
The ITF's head of doping control (Stuart Miller) claims that the ITF doesn't need to do as many drug tests as other sports, because the ITF "intelligent tests".
The only "intelligent testing" the ITF does is to test so that only sloppy, lower level dopers get caught (for example, one year they did most of their out of competition testing in October and November, EXACTLY WHEN MOST PRO TENNIS PLAYERS WOULD BE CYCLING DOWN).