Dinara Safina Distances Herself from Armstrong Doping Doctor
In an interview published in Sport-Express.ru, former World No. 1 Dinara Safina distanced herself from a doctor implicated in the Lance Armstrong doping case, Dr. Luis García del Moral.
In the USADA’s Lance Armstrong report, Del Moral was painted by the testimony of several cyclists as a mastermind behind Armstrong’s far-reaching doping program.
According to a 2007 report, Safina had visited Dr. del Moral that year to be treated for fatigue.
Translation kindly provided by Anna of “Let, Second Serve.”:
Doctor Involved in the Armstrong Case Didn’t Treat Safina
Former No.1 tennis player Dinara Safina, talking to Sport-Express’ reporter, refuted the information about her involvement with Dr. Luis García del Moral, who’s involved in the Armstrong case. According to the report published by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), del Moral was one of those responsible for the doping program of the American cyclist, who was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles on Monday. The report also indicated that del Moral cooperated with the tennis academy in Valencia, where Russian players Marat and Dinara Safina, Italian Sara Errani and Spaniard David Ferrer trained at various times.
“This doctor didn’t have anything to do with the academy in Valencia,” said the 26 year old Safina. “How did our names get into the USADA report? Del Moral has, in fact, the only clinic in Valencia, where sportspeople can undergo tests before the start of the season and at its end. And we gave those tests in that clinic: ran on the treadmill, gave blood from our ear, and so on. This kind of information is extremely important for our personal physical trainers, so that they’d understand what load they should give to the sportsmen. So we were there for clinical examination, got our test results and that concluded our dealings. Del Moral didn’t give us any advice and didn’t manage our cases.”
What did you feel when it turned out that del Moral was involved in Armstrong’s case?
“Nothing. I have nothing to afraid of – I’m clean. I can answer only for myself, and everything else doesn’t concern me.”