SERENA WILLIAMS ANTI-DOPING SAGA

All successful sportspersons have one thing in common; being prone to anti-doping tests. Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who holds the record for 2nd most single titles in women’s Grand Slam tournaments of all time (23). However with great power come innumerable anti-doping tests.

The tennis star was tested 5 times in June alone. She hit out again to the amount of times she has been selected for these anti-doping tests.

Williams wrote: “And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”

Figures of athletes tested for anti-doping are released at the end of every year. The United States Anti-Doping Agency indicated that Serena has been tried more than any other tennis player so far in 2018.

In a second message, the 36-year-old added: “But I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on. I’m excited.”

A tester from the agency turned up randomly outside the 23-time grand slam champion’s house and refused to leave. It should be taken in consideration that no athlete is supposed to comply for a testing visit if it is not made during the 60-minute window for which the athlete identifies their whereabouts in advance each day. The American was unhappy and addressed this issue at a press conference. She said: “How is it I’m getting tested five times in June? It’s only June, I’ve been tested five times.”

“Tennis has given me so much. It’s such an amazing sport. I feel like equality, that’s all I’ve been preaching. If that’s testing everyone five times, let’s do it. It’s just about being equal and not centring one person out. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I’m being pushed out.”

Williams returned to the competition this season post a one-year break due to pregnancy. She gave birth to a daughter last September. Her most recent match was against Angelique Kerber in the women’s Wimbledon finals where she lost to the former world No.1.  Her next Grand Slam title could tie her with Margaret Court on 24.

 

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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