Rafael Nadal wants his drug-test results to be made public
The 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal got fed up with being accused of doping and with all the criticism it has been luring. He also filed a lawsuit against former French government minister Roselyne Bachelot, who accused him of doping.
Last month, former Minister for Health and Sport Bachelot said Nadal’s seven-month absence in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test”.
“I intend to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said in a statement.
“I wish to avoid any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence,” added 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal.
Recent reports have suggested that Nadal has submitted its final clarification by written to the president of the International Tennis Federation and asked for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public.
Nadal’s letter was sent to ITF President David Haggerty on Monday, the same day he filed suit against a former French government minister who suggested he had been doping.
“I know how many times I am tested, on and off competition,” Nadal wrote in the letter. “Please make all my information public. Please make public my biological passport, my complete history of anti-doping controls and tests.
“From now on I ask you to communicate when I am tested and the results as soon as they are ready from your labs. I also encourage you to start filing lawsuits if there is any misinformation spread by anyone.”
The ITF confirmed that they have received the letter from Nadal, including the request for his test results to be released under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program.
“The ITF can confirm that Mr. Nadal has never failed a test under the TADP and has not been suspended at any time for an anti-doping rule violation or for any other reason related to the TADP,” said the federation.
The ITF also said all the players including Nadal has access to their anti-doping records through the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database “and is free to make them available.”
“The accuracy of any such release would be verified by the ITF,” the federation added.