Tennis signs off new anti-doping code- 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00
Tennis has adopted a new anti-doping code after the International Tennis Federation approved more flexible regulations.
A new code will allow greater scope in determining appropriate sanctions than the previous ITF ruling.
Changes approved by the ITF's board of directors will allow the circumstances of a case to be taken into account to a greater extent.
During a meeting at the Olympics, the board approved mandatory provisional suspensions, which reduce the time that players accused of doping offenses are in competition.
The changes, which take effect from 1st January next year, are part of tennis’ bid to make its anti-doping programme come into line with that of the World Anti-Doping Agency and is managed by the ITF on behalf of the Grand Slams, ATP and WTA Tour.