Rusedski Either a Dope or Doped by ATP
Posted on February 9, 2004
Canadian-turned-Brit Greg Rusedski strode into a Montreal law office Monday morning, accompanied by his wife Lucy and his two-man lawyer team, to face an anti-doping panel to explain how he tested positive for nandrolone at the ATP tournament in Indianapolis last July.
A victory means Rusedski would be exonerated and his name cleared, while a guilty verdict would likely include a two-year ban, almost a certain death sentence for the 30-year-old's career. The exact length of the proceedings are unknown, or when the verdict will be made public.
"Grinning Greg" will likely point in his defense to the ATP trainers, who were inadvertently handing out banned substances to players in the form of supplements as late as May of 2003. He will also point out that his test result was similar to those of six other players who tested positive for nandrolone but were not penalized by the ATP. Last May, Bohdan Ulihrach was banned by the ATP for testing positive, but was then reinstated after the ATP determined the contaminated supplements could have come from their own trainers.
Rusedski is represented by Mark Gay, a veteran of several high-profile doping cases. Why the other "secret six" cases were let off by the ATP, and why Rusedski is being prosecuted, is another question that many are hoping will come to light during the proceedings.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has since reopened an investigation into the players let off the hook by the ATP, deeming the situation "suspicious." If the ATP is accused by WADA of covering up certain players but prosecuting others, get set for a media frenzy.
Rusedski has appeared confident in the weeks leading up to his individual case.
"I am confident and determined because I am innocent," Rusedski said on Friday.