The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) has issued its quarterly report for Q2 (April-June 2018). There are a few points to note:
(1) Starting with January 2018 the TADP employs a new sample storage policy. A select amount of samples collected under the TADP is placed into long-term storage at WADA-accredited laboratories for the purpose of future analysis. In the second quarter of 2018 a total of 687 samples (340 IC, 247 OOC) has been stored (which is a slight increase compared to the 665 samples that were stored in Q1).
(2) Starting with January 2018 as well a new system to file and apply for a TUE has been established. All TUE applications are now made through a TADP online TUE portal. Due to the increased efficiency the average processing time for TUE applications has been shortened to 1.8 days for the first half of 2018 (compared to 4.6 days in 2017). The amount of TUE applications has gone up significantly as well (32 compared to 22 in Q1).
(3) The total amount of samples collected under the TADP has been slightly increased in Q2. Worth noting is the still very small number of in-competition blood test samples collected (total of 20, same number as in Q1) and the fact that samples for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) have only been collected on the women’s side during competition, whereas the reverse was true in Q1 (only samples collected on the men’s side).
(4) When compared to the total amount of samples collected under the TADP in Q2 of 2017 the numbers for Q2 of 2018 do look substantially better, however. The amount of OOC blood test samples has been almost quadrupled and the total amount of samples collected doubled. Although it’s still up to debate whether the way the TADP chooses to distributes its sample budget (i.e. focusing on urine tests over blood tests) is efficient and methodologically reasonable, at least the overall amount of effort spent on testing has been increased substantially.
For the sake of completeness I’ll list the USADA sample collection data for Q2 as well:
|Athlete Name||Test Count|
|Robert C Bryan||2|
|Christina M McHale||1|
|Serena J Williams||2|