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by Shane Stokes
January 20, 2018
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Jeannie Longo and Patrice Ciprelli in 1985.
A push by controversial rider Jeannie Longo plus a group of French national sport unions representing football, basketball, handball and rugby players to overthrow the whereabouts system has been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The court ruled on Thursday that the system, which is fundamental to out of competition drug testing, did not infringe on the freedoms of athletes.
Longo and others had claimed that the whereabouts system was in violation of the provision in Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights concerning respect for private and family life. However the ECHR disagreed. “Taking account of the impact of the whereabouts requirement on the applicants’ private life, the Court nevertheless took the view that the public interest grounds, which made it necessary, were of particular importance and justified the restrictions imposed on their Article 8 rights,” it stated.
“It found that the reduction or removal of the relevant obligations would lead to an increase in the dangers of doping for the health of sports professionals and of all those who practise sports, and would be at odds with the European and international consensus on the need for unannounced testing as part of doping control.”
Longo is an Olympic medallist and a past world champion, but is also a rider with a tainted past. She faced a suspension in 2011 after three whereabouts violations, but successfully appealed on a technicality. Her husband and coach Patrice Ciprelli was given a one year suspended prison sentence last March after he was convicted of importing 33 boxes of EPO between 2008 and 2011.
“Today is a good one for doping-free sport,” said WADA director general Olivier Niggli. “Because out-of-competition doping controls can be conducted without notice to athletes, they are one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping.”
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