It seems that human rights issues are high on almost every new piece of legislation these days. On the 1st of Jan WADA published its new code, a nice little addition to the ADAMS procedures.
Within the ADAMS system, an Athlete Whereabouts code has been devised which entails an athlete informing the agency as to his / her whereabouts for the next 90 days. It also means that each participant will have to give an hour in each day whereby they will be available for testing.
It seems that the Belgians (home of the ‘pot’ don’t you know!) aren’t too happy with this new process, and as reported on the Radio 4 Today programme they are taking WADA to court to challenge it.
At the last team launch I attended I was sat in on the UCI peeps giving the riders the down-low. What was interesting was that there seemed to be a big split in people taking notice, and people hoping it will go away. Fiddling with Blackberries was the order of the day for those elder statesmen who think it’s a load of BS.
A right pain in the arse it may be for those fortunate enough to have a big-fat pro contract these days, however WADA aint going anywhere and those switched on riders know that any doping issues can finish their careers – so guys, get used to it, play ball and play clean!