Thursday, before the Davis Cup quarter-final between Serbia and Great Britain, Novak Djokovic, world number 1, (like the members of the Serbian team) evaded an anti-doping control. “In my 20 years of career, this has never happened to me. He (the doctor) sat in the corner and followed me for hours. It’s scandalous,” the Serb complained in comments reported by Ouest-France. Before submitting to the control after the meeting, according to Marca.
On RMC, Marc Madiot, manager of the Groupama-FDJ cycling team, protested against this refusal, the latitude offered to the champion who dominates the tennis world and was moved by the situation in view of what cyclists endure on and off competition throughout the year. A double standard that enraged Madiot: “We have the right to control before and after a competition. He refused the test before the competition. If the anti-doping body does its job, Mr. Djokovic must be suspended. He refused a test before the competition, he did one after. In cycling, you are subjected to a test and if you refuse, you test positive. If you test positive, you are sanctioned. You don’t have the right to refuse a check, that’s the rule.”
And to specify: “There are products in the range of doping products that are detectable over an extremely limited time,” he explains. If you do not do a check before the start of the competition, the time of the competition allows you to eliminate traces of the doping product. Detection is possible for a limited time relative to the socket. This is why testing before the competition was introduced. It’s surreal to be warned! It’s no longer a random check.”