IOC Drug Policy Criticized in D.C.

IOC Drug Policy Criticized in D.C.
Posted by FoM on October 20, 1999 at 07:46:32 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
The International Olympic Committee's efforts to counter the increased use of performance-enhancing drugs among athletes is inadequate, and an independent agency is needed to ensure drug-free Olympics, President Clinton's chief adviser on drugs told a Senate hearing today. 
The IOC, Barry McCaffrey told the Senate Commerce Committee, ``is rushing forward to build an institution that we cannot support, one that is more public relations ploy than public policy solution.'' Committee Chairman John McCain agreed that the top priority is to establish an ``independent or external agency to perform year-round, out-of-competition testing for banned substances.'' The Arizona Republican also said he would introduce legislation providing grants to U.S. colleges for research into new technologies for the detection and verification of drug use among athletes. McCaffrey said the United States and the U.S. Olympic Committee were not included in IOC discussions in which a new anti-doping agency was proposed. He said the IOC agency's decisions would serve only as recommendations to the IOC's top officials and that important decisions, such as the parameters of testing, have not been addressed. Nancy Hogshead, who won three gold medals in swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, told the hearing that doping is a ``scourge that afflicts all athletes, those who are clean and those who are not.'' Hogshead, who competed against East German swimmers who were widely believed to be using steroids, said ``doping could destroy the Olympic movement'' because public support rests in the belief that the Olympics embody the highest set of values. She, too, said the IOC must be prepared to relinquish control of its new anti-doping agency and that doping control can only be accomplished by out-of-competition, year-round, random and no-notice testing. October 20, 1999Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company Related Article:IOC Executive Assails White House Drug Chief - 9/25/99
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