Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Money Pit

According to documents from the ITF's 2012 Annual General Meeting held in Copenhagen, the ITF's anti-doping program came in under budget for the 3rd consecutive year "as there were fewer positive cases." Anti-doping expenditures were $0.288 million lower than budget ($1.6M budget v. $1.3M actual spend). (see pages 7 and 10 of the Agenda)

The ITF anti-doping program also came in under budget for both 2009 ($122 thousand under) and 2010 ($301 thousand under). The under spending in 2010 was "due to there being fewer positive cases."

As a result of the "fewer positive cases" in 2010 and 2011, the ITF actually spent more on anti-doping in 2009 ($1.43 million) than in 2010 ($1.28 million) and 2011.

Missing from the documents is any commentary or analysis on why "there were fewer positive cases." It there no doping in tennis? Nope. Is the program so good that is it deterring doping? That certainly can't be the case. The most likely answer is it that the ITF testing isn't catching anybody (see why here). And the program clearly isn't catching as many people as the ITF's planned budgets seem to be expecting. If that is the case, what is the ITF going to do about it?

Given that there have been only two positives recorded so far this year, it looks like 2012 will also come in comfortably under budget. The ITF needs to explain the continued discrepancy between its projected and actual spending on anti-doping.

I would note that this pattern of being under budget and fewer positive cases coincides with a time period where the tennis anti-doping program has decreased both blood testing and EPO testing. Surely, these budget surpluses could have been directed into increasing such testing, as well as, conducting more out-of-competition tests and other improvements. Why isn't it happening?

Who will hold the ITF to account?

8 comments:

  1. For your amusement: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2012-08-27/us-open-golden-era-in-mens-tennis/57339052/1

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    1. "... the Parthenon and Plato. The Age of Enlightenment ... Voltaire and Isaac Newton..." By gosh! Watch out, ye Bodos, there be Dougies can outdo any learned-poets' slime ye are capable of oozing!

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  2. I think we should appreciate Mr Ings's opinions on Operation Puerto. And understand his hints on that topic nd all others. His previous thread's post was to-the-point and telling.

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    1. Welcome to the club, Mystery. Now there are two of us, already.

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  3. Obviously USADA's case was pulling in the right direction. Unlike Jenkins's hopelessly biased opinion piece. You might as well have Lance himself write a piece.

    Clearly there is more in Op Puerto than there is in Balco and ll else.

    Coincidentally there is a Slam going on without a huge name nd with another in poor form.

    Take the hint.

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  4. I have to admit that when I ran the ATP anti-doping program, if the legal fee budget line was looking healthy due to cheaper than expected prosecution of cases (I never had a year where the number of positives went down though) I would put that money in the final quarter of the year (as any positive then would not hit a tribunal till the following budget year so any legal cost would be next year too) into some targeted OOC and blood testing.

    An underspend in anti-doping is never a good look in sports with tens of thousands of players and hundreds of tournaments. There is always more to do and those thousands available at year end can achieve allot and in ways that can be very no notice and impactful.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Richard. I think the logic you employed on this topic during your tenure is what really ticks many of us off in regards to how the program is currently being run. You lay out a solid approach for how to deal with excess budget, albeit a manner that may alter how the budget is factored in for the following year (if an abnormal amount of those extra tests in the last quarter lead to a positive that will eat up budget in the following year). Although, if you have to do fewer tests the next year so you can prosecute cases, you've already served your purpose for the most part. In the facets of the program that we see publicly, the ITF does not appear to take any steps to maximize the effectiveness of the program. The budget analysis just illustrates one more current shortcoming.

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