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2004 Mar 10 - ATP to increase drug investigations

Defeat in the Greg Rusedski case has been a big wake up call to the ATP who have announced further investigations will take place in order to eradicate banned substances from world tennis.

In the first instance they need look no further than themselves, having been found guilty of supplying nandrolone contaminated supplements to numerous players during 2003 - including Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic who tested positive and was then cleared when the ATP realised they had supplied the contaminated supplement to the Czech player.

Mark Miles - ATP Chief - announced after the hearing verdict was made public:

"The ruling underscores the problem that we identified last year and still face today.

"Low-level trace occurrences appear to be continuing."

Mark's comments are in reference to traces of nandrolone which are still appearing in drug tests taken by numerous tennis pros before and after Greg Rusedski. Apparently, there have been sixteen positive tests this year although the levels are within the legal limit.

To avoid further embarrassment the ATP have brought in two experts to help solve this riddle. Mark added:

"We are determined to provide them with all necessary resources to accomplish the goal of identifying the cause of the problem that was essentially non-existent prior to the summer of 2002."

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