“We have not been informed”

The players’ union openly contests the version given by the club: the Association of Professional Handball Players (AJPH) this Sunday released an open letter from six players from the Nantes handball club claiming that they were unaware of having suffered a pregnancy test at the start of the season.

Thursday, the AJPH had revealed and denounced these “unacceptable practices”, ensuring that these tests had been carried out “without the consent of the players”.

A test also detecting pregnancy …

The club reacted in stride, by organizing a press conference the next day, where it was stated that the players were well aware of this test.

Club president Arnaud Ponroy had notably explained that the team doctor, specialist in maternity issues in high performance sport, had certainly prescribed these tests last summer as part of the health check at the start of the season. all players under contract, but in strict compliance with medical confidentiality. “It is wrong to say that they were illegal and carried out without the consent of the players,” said the leader.

A dozen players were present at this press conference – out of a workforce of 14 professionals and eight young people in training – to show their confidence in this new doctor. One of them, Camille Ayglon-Saurina, said in particular: “These tests were not done without our knowledge. The doctor spoke about them, for us it was clear”.

The doctor had added a dosage of the hormone Beta HCG, on the order of blood tests which the young women then went to make in a laboratory, apparently to verify that they could support the intense efforts of the preparation at the beginning of season, but without necessarily realizing that this test made it possible to detect a pregnancy. “We did not all have the reflex to look at what was on our prescriptions,” also defended Captain Léa Lignières.

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