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Universally applied drug policy across all sports...(2 posts)

Universally applied drug policy across all sports...funknuggets
Mar 3, 2003 12:36 PM
I was listening to NPR this morning and they had a segment on the IOC's plan to administer a worldwide-all sport ban aiming to harmonize drug-testing rules, sanctions and standards across all sports and countries on supplements and doping. This is so that all countries would carry the same rules and banned substance lists and infractions carry the same fines and penalties. An article on CNNSI can be found at:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/news/2003/03/03/rogge_ioc_ap/

The International Soccer and Cycing federations have resisted, with the IOC stating that any international sport that does not sign with this policy should be banned from the Olympics.

In the current downward image spiral that profesional cycling has endured, why on Earth would they even consider NOT signing? It would seem that with all the cancelled races, dropping sponsors, etc... that cycling would be the first to sign on the line.

However it seems that the US Professional leagues (Baseball, football etc) are only "encouraged" to accept the code because they are not under the jurisdiction of international federations or national governments.

"Hein Verbruggen, head of the international cycling union, wrote Pound criticizing the exemption of pro leagues as "absolutely unbelievable." He said it could encourage pro cyclists to break away from the governing body and set up their own league to avoid the testing rules."

Any thoughts... Is this potentially another black eye for cycling?

Chris
re: Universally applied drug policy across all sports...Spunout
Mar 3, 2003 1:25 PM
I dunno about cycling, but it definitely lessens american pro sports leagues in my eyes. Sure, what is baseball without steroids, but the line should be drawn.

And, Hockey should be out of the Olympics until the NHL signs on. As a Canadian, I'll stand behind that one eh!.