British number one Andy Murray has called for all Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) to be made public in order to stop them from being “abused.”
The 29-year-old, who claimed that he had never been granted a TUE to take any substance during his career, said: “I don’t think every TUE is bad, but there are TUEs that are abused, for sure, and I do think that now is the time when all TUEs should be transparent.”
The 2016 Wimbledon winner has, in the past, criticised fellow tennis players Maria Sharapova and Marin Cilic for drug test failures following the ingestion of substances on the banned list.
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Murray was talking before his opening match at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and said he had been paying close attention to the controversy surrounding Team Sky cycling.
They have come under heavy scrutiny after it was revealed by Russian hackers that Sir Bradley Wiggins had been using a strong corticosteroid under TUE to help his asthma before three major races.
Murray added: “Everyone should know, if an athlete is given a TUE, what it is they’re taking and the reasons for it. And also the medical reasons behind it, because we don’t always find that out.
"Maybe that isn’t perfect and a lot of people like to keep their medical records confidential. But when things like this happen, it could clear a lot of stuff up.”
Murray is in fine form at the moment, claiming victory in his last two tournaments without dropping a set, and he's also coming off the back of an Olympic gold medal in Rio, successfully defending his crown from London 2012 four years prior.
If the world number two is victorious in Vienna, and then again at the following event in Paris, then it would see the Scotsman go top of the rankings, above current number one Novak Djokovic for the first time in his career.
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