Ex-French cyclist wants Novak Djokovic suspended for refusing pre-match doping test

In Malaga, Djokovic refused to take a pre-match doping test.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-French cyclist wants Novak Djokovic suspended for refusing pre-match doping test
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Former French cyclist Marc Madiot thinks Novak Djokovic "should be suspended" for refusing to do a pre-match doping test when approached by the anti-doping authorities. After helping Serbia seal a win over Great Britain in the Davis Cup Final 8 quarterfinal, Djokovic revealed that he was approached by the anti-doping authorities an hour and a half before his match versus Cameron Norrie.

Djokovic made it clear that he wasn't happy at all about their move and that he rejected to do pre-match doping test because he didn't want to risk anything with his body just before the match. "There are rules of testing before and after competition.

If the anti-doping body is doing its job, Mr. Novak Djokovic should be suspended, He refused a test before the match and did it after. In cycling, if you refuse a test, you are automatically positive, and when that is the case, you receive a penalty.

You don't have the right to refuse testing, that's the rule. In the assortment of doping products there are those that can be detected in a very limited period of time. If you don't test yourself before the start, during the match, their traces can be erased in the body.

That is why testing was introduced before the competition. The fact that he was only warned is unreal," Madiot said.

Ex-cyclist Madiot calls for Djokovic to be suspended

When telling the reporters about the situation, Djokovic described the move by the anti-doping authorities as "shameful." Also, Djokovic explained in detail why he didn't want to do a doping test.

"I had a brief discussion with people from the anti-doping agency. I didn't believe that they made such a decision, in 20 and more years of my career, it never happened to me that an hour and a half before the match I needed to go for doping control.

I have my own routine, I don't need that distraction, to have my urine and blood taken, to think about whether I can give urine at that moment. Illogical situation and decision," Djokovic said.

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