Serena says she is being 'discriminated' against over doping tests

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The handling of Chris Froome’s asthma drug case is a “blow” to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s credibility, says US Anti-Doping Agency head, Travis Tygart.
Froome was under investigation after more than the allowed level of the legal drug, salbutamol, was found in his urine.
Wada accepted that there was no breach and cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, dropped the case on 2 July after nine months.
Tygart told BBC Sport he believes there is a “lack of transparency” over that decision.
“The question is whether justice was truly served or did a star get an undeserved break,” he said.
“Unfortunately it’s another blow to the perceived credibility of the global anti-doping movement.”
Wada and the UCI have released some details of Froome’s case but Tygart, who led the investigation that saw former cyclist Lance Armstrong banned for life for doping, said without knowing exactly how the decision was reached, the case is “another shard that has damaged the credibility of WADA.”
TSerena Williams says she is a victim of “discrimination” as she is the most drug-tested American tennis player.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion made the claim in a tweet on Tuesday, after doping officials visited her.
The American had previously expressed frustration about the volume of her tests earlier this month.
“Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so,” said the 36-year-old.
An article published by website Deadspin in June revealed that Williams had been tested out of competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) on five occasions in 2018.
It also claimed the player was not present when Usada officials visited her home on 14 June – Williams stated that the tester showed up 12 hours earlier than the agreed time.
It was eventually marked as a “missed test” – three of those would result in a Usada doping violation.
At the time of publication of the Deadspin article, Williams had been tested more than twice as many times as other top American players – male or female – including US Open champion, Sloane Stephens, (one) and sister and multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Williams (two).
Williams was asked about the findings of the report during Wimbledon earlier this summer.
“I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else,” said the seven-time champion, who lost to German Angelique Kerber in the final.
“Until I read that article I didn’t realise it was such a discrepancy with me as well as against the other players that they listed, at least the American players – both male and female.”
BBC Sport has contacted Usada for a response to Williams’ tweet.ygart added the lack of clarity was unfair to Froome, as it left the four-time Tour de France winner facing the “worst-case scenario” where he is “caught” between being seen as having benefitted from his high profile, even if his reputation has perhaps been “unfairly tarnished.” (BBC Sport)

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