14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal has asked for the results of all drugs tests he has taken in his career to be released to the public in a letter to the International Tennis Federation.
Nadal filed a lawsuit against former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot this week after she accused him of covering up a failed drugs test.
Koketso Sachane spoke to Khalid Galant of the SA Institute for Drug free Sport about the doping issue.
Drug testing is an important part of sport. But it can also be used to damage an athletes reputation...He (Nadel) is obviously frustrated, because it casts doubt on all their performances— Khalid Galant SA Institute for Drug Free Sport
For most of the high profile athletes that will be eligible to compete in Rio, they are tested regularly.— Khalid Galant SA Institute for Drug Free Sport
With the interest in drug testing, agencies like ours and the international federations, need to be extra vigilant, but also transparent in terms of the processes we use as well as reporting.— Khalid Galant SA Institute for Drug Free Sport
Galant says in South Africa there is also a problem with doping at a schools level, as well as at a recreational sports level in events like Iron man and others.
We are obliged to test recreational athletes if we have information that they are doping and cheating. No matter what level you are competing in, you agree to the terms of the competition. It is against the spirit of sport even at a recreational level and people consider it to be cheating.— Khalid Galant SA Institute for Drug Free Sport