Drug Czar Changes Tune On IOC Testing 

  Drug Czar Changes Tune On IOC Testing 

Posted by FoM on December 02, 1999 at 13:49:19 PT
By Dick Patrick, USA TODAY 
Source: USA Today 

U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey, critical of the International Olympic Committee's proposed drug-testing agency last month, expressed faith in the organization Tuesday after meeting with IOC vice president Dick Pound.
Following lunch at the White House and a meeting, McCaffrey said his reservations about the independence of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeared to be alleviated despite no structural changes.''We've seen a series of commitments,'' McCaffrey said. ''There's a commonality of purpose. There's no way this won't be a huge payoff for the Olympic movement.''After a 26-nation summit on drugs in sport in Sydney, Australia, in mid-November, McCaffrey said Pound's role as head of WADA was a conflict of interest since Pound negotiates billions in Olympic TV rights.Pound says his role at the agency, scheduled to be formed Jan. 1, would not last more than two years.McCaffrey and other governmental representatives also were displeased that WADA would be located in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC is headquartered. Pound said the site could be changed by late 2000 after a bidding process. ''We have a half-dozen or more cities already interested in being headquarters,'' Pound said, naming Bonn, Germany; Vienna; Madrid, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. ''If the price of making people feel good about the agency is moving it to some other city, hey, we're out of there.''McCaffrey, along with Australian and Canadian sports leaders, will be involved in determining governmental representation of WADA's 32-member board, which will consist of 16 spots, equal to the number held by sports bodies, including four IOC members.Pound said WADA would consider such McCaffrey-backed ideas as an oversight board and elimination of a four-year statute of limitations.Next week the IOC meets to vote on reform proposals resulting from bid scandals. IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch is due to appear Dec. 15 before the Senate Commerce Committee. McCaffrey has proposed meetings with Samaranch, one-on-one as well as with Australian and Canadian leaders, regarding WADA. Published: December 2, 1999© Copyright 1999 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.  Related Articles:McCaffrey To Call for Pound's Removal at IOC Accepts IOC Invitation Drug Chief Chides `Hysterical' Reaction Begin Discussing Anti-Doping Initiative 2000 To Ban U.S. Anti-Drugs Czar -Paper 

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Comment #4 posted by Arthur T. Dallas on December 07, 1999 at 21:04:25 PT:

Mandatory Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners

My understanding is that Gen. McCaffrey objected to the O'Reilly (Factor - TV) suggesting that federally incarcerated prisoners ought to face mandatory drug rehabilitation. In fact, the General became vexed over the issue and threatened not to come back on O'Reilly's television show. However, NOWboth ghe General and the President have proposed preciselythat - I say, McCaffrey proposed what O'Reilly initially suggested. According to the General 85% of contemporary American prisoners are addicted to controlled substances. So?Why was there ever a problem with O'Reilly's proposal?!Thank you  
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on December 04, 1999 at 11:24:40 PT

Maybe with horns and a pitchfork?

Look, the man's face is a reminder of how wrong this country has gotten to be. Remember Orwell's "Big Brother" of 1984? Well, his face is exactly the kind of reminder we need that, as Shakespeare put, "A man can *smile*, and *smile*, and still be a villain".Sure, I'd like to see his face with something a little more appropriate... like having his visage printed on toilet paper.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 03, 1999 at 19:55:57 PT

I can use the Cannabis News Icon!

I know Rainbow! I don't like it either but I can't change the program. At first I tried to avoid McCaffrey articles for that very reason but someone emailed me and asked what was Barry up to. He said he wanted to know what he is doing so we know. I could use the Cannabis News icon. Would that be ok? Let me know.Peace, FoM!
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Comment #1 posted by Rainbow on December 03, 1999 at 06:27:24 PT

a personal request

FoMIs there any possibility of removing McCzar's face from the website?I am truly sickenned each time I see his thin lipped smile, and knowing that he is responsible for so much heartache and sickness. A liar and thief should not get so much exposure. Maybe once in a while to remind us.He is an icon of evil and bad policy and not worthy of being iconized so much on this site (IMHO).I quickly scroll the pages to get his face off my screen. Maybe he does not depress others as much but he and his likeness sure do cause depression.CheersRainbow
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