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Ashenden comment: GPS survey does not violate privacy

November 1st, 2007 by rsommerseth · 1 Comment

 

See what Australian blood doping expert Michael Ashenden has to say about the comments on www.thepulse2007.org

He answered the questions from the readers, and the Pulse added some questions as well.

- What keeps the athletes from cheating with the GPS location system?

- With the GPS system you can establish the precise whereabouts of the athlete. If the athlete is not in the position the location system says when NADA (National Anti Doping Agency) wants to take a test, then he must be penalized. It is the same as the old way, where the ahletes have to inform the anti-doping authoraties of their whereabouts 24 hours a day, and be in a certain place at a certain time every day where they can be located.

- Won´t the system be very expensive?

- No, in fact it would be less expensive, because the system is a hundred percent effective regarding the whereabouts of the athlete. That means there will be no wasted tests, less work and waiting for the officials to locate the athletes, and in fact less bother for the athletes as well. They don´t need to spend time informing the authorities where they are.

- Is it possible to use the GPS location system for instance only three weeks before a competition, to spare the athletes personal lives?

- Yes, but that would not make sense because a lot of the athletes compete in several competitions over the year. In addition, in many cases the doping is being used outside of competition.

I think what lies in the question is what possibilities do we have to keep control and keep the violations against the athletes as small as possible. The GPS locating system works in the way that if they want, NADA can find the athlete if it is nessesary.

In the discussion about violations, we must remember that in real life the athletes will be located maybe one time in three months. So in stead of always telling where they are to the authorities, they get more privacy than earlier.

- What if signing up for the location by GPS was optional for the athletes?

- I don´t think that is the sound approach. That would probably split the athletes in two groups, those who agree and the other ones. This will give the problem that NADA have athletes they want to locate, but can´t, and then the system is not working like we want it to.

- Is the GPS locating system close to crossing the line of the athletes privacy?

- No, the system doesn`t do more than what is already being made. I don`t think it is a violation. It is the athletes own choice wether or not they want to participate, and if they choose to do so, they must accept that this is nesessary.

- The regulations can be seen as a interferance of the elite athletes lives. Can this harm the recruitation to the sport of cycling?

- Yes, it is possible. At a personal level I can empahtize with clean athletes who feels it can be a violation of their privacy. But on the other hand, I would sooner support the system we got now, than agree to no tests at all, because of the consequences that will bring.

Read and discuss wether the locationsystem and doping controls are a violation on human rights after reading this article about a former Astana rider sueing the UCI here.

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