‘Anesthetic injections are…’ – WADA chief on doping charge against French Open winner Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal continued his dominance at Roland Garros by recently winning his 14th Roland-Garros title in Paris. Facing Casper Ruud, 23, on clay, Nadal dominated his opponent by winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

After the summit clash, Nadal dwelt on his foot injury and revealed that he was taking special anesthetic injections to deal with the pain, which led him to top out the entire tournament. Following his confession, it sparked a lot of questioning and criticism towards him in the sports fraternity.

French cyclist Guillaume Martin has raised questions, saying this would have had serious consequences in cycling. “If a cyclist does the same thing, it is already prohibited. But even if it weren’t, everyone would call it dope as there is such cultural baggage, such connotations attached to cycling. While people are praising Nadal for being able to go this far in pain. I believe Zlatan Ibrahimovic also talked about his knee injections,” Martin told L’Equipe.

“Tennis, for example, has quite similar parameters with cycling, it’s an endurance sport with accelerations, so I think the same products can have a doping effect,” he added.

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Thus, the chief general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Olivier Niggli reacted to all the questions raised and played down the criticism. “If a product is on the list of prohibited products, it means that it has an effect on performance, that it is bad for your health, and that it is contrary to the ethics of sport. Anesthetic injections are not prohibited. This is not an oversight.” . The question arose. It has been discussed. They’re not on the list because they don’t improve performance and are fundamentally not bad,” Niggli told the Swiss broadcaster. RTS.

“Is this good medical practice? Is it acceptable for a top athlete to get injections before a match? It is a debate between doctors and a debate on medical ethics. Rafael Nadal has won 14 titles at Roland Garros. without stings, it was probably not thanks to stings that he won the 14th,” he signed.

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