rule readud wrote:
Again good points.
But some are just ill suited to forms and personal controls.
My points have been that as employment law and other laws start impinging then whereabouts looks unsustainable. Let alone we will have few athletes left.
One thing I have noticed is that most of these busts have been carried out by the AIU rather than the national anti-doping bodies. For a long time I have held the belief that the national bodies really don't want to catch their own athletes and give the athletes all sorts of breaks such as courtesy phone calls or turning up minutes after the one hour window has closed.
I can understand athletes feeling resentful when they feel the "unofficial" rules have changed. A bit like the local cops turning a blind eye to people going 10 KPH over the limit on the highway and then national police step in and start handing out tickets.
As I am not a professional athlete I am not sure about how restrictive the whereabouts requirements are but based on my normal life, saying I will be at home early in the morning would cover 95% of the year. Accommodation at events or training centres would cover the rest. The only difficulty would be days spent in transit or household emergencies. But realistically that won't be many days , and you are allowed two missed tests a year so you would need to incredibly unlucky to get three days where your schedule is in turmoil and the testers call.
Finally, being a professional athlete is, for many, a dream job with the potential for significant wealth and fame. If someone offered me a dream job with wealth and fame but said I must always wear green socks my first action would be to go to the store and buy 50 pairs of green socks. My second action would be to throw all my other socks into the garbage. Wearing green socks may be silly, but losing your job would be more silly.
However the vast majority of sportspeople who are on Adams earn nothing from their sports.
Wait til national Bodies take the same stance asAiU for real fireworks.
No wonder Soccer does it’s best to avoid ; or their Union does.