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WADA asks tennis body for explanations after Agassi admission

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 Agency (WADA WADA World Anti-Doping Agency
wada Weighted Average Daily Attendance (school systems)
WADA World Autoduel Association
WADA Washington Area Darts Association
WADA Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association
) president John Fahey has asked ATP ATP: see adenosine triphosphate.
 in full adenosine triphosphate

Organic compound, substrate in many enzyme-catalyzed reactions (see catalysis) in the cells of animals, plants, and microorganisms.
 chiefs to "shed light" on allegations made by Andre Agassi that a positive test for banned drugs was swept under the carpet 12 years ago.

Retired professional Agassi, one of only five men to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments, shook the tennis world on Wednesday when he claimed in his autobiography that he used crystal meth meth
Methamphetamine hydrochloride.
 in 1997.

Crystal Meth is also known as methamphetamine, a stimulant which is currently on WADA's List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Related article: Agassi joins drug shame list

After being informed that he had tested positive for the mind-altering drug, Agassi said he wrote a letter to the ATP, the Association of Tennis Professionals, claiming he had taken it by accident and asking for leniency le·ni·en·cy  
n. pl. le·ni·en·cies
1. The condition or quality of being lenient. See Synonyms at mercy.

2. A lenient act.

Noun 1.

No further action was taken.

Although affirming that no retroactive action can be taken against Agassi, Fahey said he hoped the American's "disappointing" admission would be used in a positive way to help educate youth about the dangers of drugs.

The WADA chief however appeared less understanding with the ATP, which oversees the men's professional game.

"We would hope that Andre Agassi might now see his way to be a role model and alert youth and tennis players to the dangers of drug use and doping," said Fahey.

He added: "The World Anti-Doping Code, which took effect in 2004, has an eight-year statute of limitations A type of federal or state law that restricts the time within which legal proceedings may be brought.

Statutes of limitations, which date back to early Roman Law, are a fundamental part of European and U.S. law.
, and it is unlikely that any action may be taken by tennis authorities against the player, if methamphetamine was banned under the ATP List of Prohibited Substances and Methods at that time.

"WADA would however expect the ATP, which administered its own anti-doping program at that time, to shed light on this allegation."

In the book Agassi said that after being informed of his positive tests he wrote a letter to the ATP that was "filled with lies interwoven in·ter·weave  
v. in·ter·wove , in·ter·wo·ven , inter·weav·ing, inter·weaves
1. To weave together.

2. To blend together; intermix.

 with bits of truth". The ATP reviewed the case - and threw it out, the newspaper cites the book as saying.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the ATP said: "Under the tennis anti-doping programme it is, and has always been, an independent panel that makes a decision on whether a doping violation has been found.

"The ATP has always followed this rule and no executive at the ATP has therefore had the authority or ability to decide the outcome of an anti-doping matter."

The International Tennis Federation (ITF ITF International Transport Workers' Federation
ITF International Tennis Federation
ITF In the Future
ITF International Trust Fund (demining NGO based in Slovenia)
ITF International Transport Forum
) meanwhile claimed tennis runs one of the most rigorous dope testing procedures in professional sport.

"The ITF is surprised and disappointed by the remarks made by Andre Agassi in his biography admitting substance abuse in 1997," said the statement.

"Such comments in no way reflect the fact that the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is currently regarded as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive anti-doping programmes in sport.

"The events in question occurred before the World Anti-Doping Agency The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), French: Agence mondiale antidopage, is an independent foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  (WADA) was founded in 1999 and during the formative years of anti-doping in tennis when the programme was managed by individual governing bodies.

"The ITF first signed the WADA Code in 2004, and the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme undergoes constant review and improvement."

It added: "The ITF, Grand Slams, ATP and WTA WTA Washington Trails Association
WTA Women's Tennis Association
WTA World Transhumanist Association
WTA Willingness to Accept
WTA Winner-Take-All
WTA Winner Takes All
WTA World Toilet Association (Singapore) 
 Tour are now unified in their efforts to keep tennis free of drug use, and this should not be overshadowed by an incident that took place over 12 years ago.

"The statements by Mr. Agassi do, however, provide confirmation that a tough Anti-Doping Programme is needed."
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