Do anti-doping rules need to be the same for all sports?

► “Doping prevention rules are already the same everywhere”

Vincent GilardFrench Tennis Federation Doctor, Roland-Referent during Gallo Tournament

The question of whether Rafael Nadal is doped is difficult because it is not known exactly which injection was made. He announced at a press conference that he slept his feet and played. I don’t know where he played, but I don’t think he played with a fully anesthetized foot. Only his team can communicate about what he has done and what he has not done. But as far as I know, there are no anesthetics that are doping products. Therefore, Nadal remained within the anti-doping rules.

Medical debate for the player and his staff

When it comes to the relationship to pain and the potential for pain relief and the ability to participate in competitions, each athlete acts according to his or her state of mind and his or her rights. When I’m sick, I take medicine and get medical treatment. At the Tour de France, I think some athletes take antibiotics because of their illness, but that’s not the reason they are excluded from the race.

From the moment they did nothing a priori to anti-doping rules, the debate concerns all athletes themselves and his medical staff: what they want to do and how they do it. It’s up to them to know what they want to do. For them, it’s a medical debate above all, the best way to deal with the Muller-Weiss syndrome that this player is suffering from, we don’t know how much, and it’s also a sports debate, You will be able to do it.

It’s also an ethical discussion

For us, the audience, it’s a discussion of ethics and even philosophy. Do you want to standardize anti-doping rules for all sports? This is already more or less true, as it pretends to be the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which defines products that are generally banned rather than sports, with a few exceptions.

So I don’t even know the term “gray zone” for products that aren’t banned but impact performance. The problem is knowing what is guilty: the process or the product used? If this is the product in which it is used, in this case an anesthetic, you can imagine giving it, for example, to a cyclist with a minor wrist injury so that he or she can step on a normal pedal.

I think it’s more important to inject the product, not the mechanism. His staff, with whom he has worked for a long time, has the right to think that he has done something completely legal. Especially because I think he faced doping control during the two weeks. More broadly, it’s not my decision to know if what he has done will spoil the image of tennis. This is a discussion that goes beyond the sports field.

► “For allegations, we must exceed regulations”

Roger RougeFormer rider and founder of the Reliable Cycling Exercise (MPCC)

Rafael Nadal himself started the discussion by talking about it at a post-match press conference. Not to mention whether the injection he received was a form of doping, he has the advantage of putting it on the table. In particular, he declared that he would not continue these injections this season.

The most important factor in my eyes is reducing the effects of pain so that athletes can participate in the competition. Pain, along with natural talent and training, is one of the most conditioned effects of sporting performance. By acting on it, Rafael Nadal opposed the principle of fairness and thus the spirit of sport.

Impossible practice on the bike

I understand the reaction of the cyclist who expressed himself in the media.Guillaume Martin on Monday 6th team(Insists on the editor’s note, “for the specific homogenization of regulations between different sports”).. In cycling, if you get sick or injured, you don’t run, you start by taking a break and taking care of yourself, and only when you take care of yourself, you return to the competition. In today’s cycling, I couldn’t see what Rafael Nadal did at the French Open.

The rules of anti-doping are the same for most sports, which is true, but given the history of doping in the 1990s and 2000s, the cycling world has taken additional steps and products approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Decided to ban. Reliable Cycling Exercise (MPCC) is part of this spirit, ” No needle (No needle) And it goes even further than the steps taken by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Delete “gray area”

When talking about standardization of anti-doping rules, you need to be aware of the terminology. It’s a matter of requiring other sports to do as much as cycling, and on top of that, the actors involved need to want it. Anti-doping rules should be standardized in all areas, as doping is of the same nature in all sports. This raises the eternal question of where doping begins and the problem of “gray zones”.

These gray areas need to be removed in order to remove the suspicions that are a major problem in sports in general. We all endorse the beauty of gestures and athletes, and although I’m the first, it’s a shame that these performances have been questioned. To get rid of these gray areas, we need to go further than today’s rules. And to do that, open and transparent volunteer tracks, like MPCC, are the best way to speed things up.