IOC Drug Chief Chides `Hysterical' Reaction

IOC Drug Chief Chides `Hysterical' Reaction
Posted by FoM on November 15, 1999 at 15:32:33 PT
Associated Press
The Olympic anti-doping chief on Monday denounced as "hysterical'' the reaction of U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey to the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency. 
"Instead of insulting people, it is better to sit around the table and discuss,'' said Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the International Olympic Committee's medical committee. The WADA was set up last week and McCaffrey has called the current arrangement "crazy,'' complaining the institution was dominated by Olympic officials with world governments having too small an impact. The White House drug chief also criticized the new institution prior to the opening of the three-day Drugs in Sports summit in Sydney. The IOC has insisted the agency is totally independent and the organizational structure is evenly split between sporting institutions and government officials. "The reaction is hysterical and not constructive,'' said de Merode during a press conference with European Union officials to announce a closer partnership in combating drug use in sports. "We hope these excesses will stop soon.'' The start of the Drugs in Sport summit was overshadowed by a row between McCaffrey and Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates after Coates tried to have McCaffrey banned from Sydney's 2000 Olympics complex. Coates was incensed by McCaffrey's criticism of the WADA. He said the former general was "no friend of the Olympic movement,'' and urged Sydney Olympic authorities not to allow him to tour venues for the 2000 games. De Merode said the WADA was not dependent on the United States to start functioning. "If the United States refuses to cooperate, then they refuse,'' de Merode said, adding it would have little impact. But he stressed the agency would automatically have an impact on U.S. athletes. "Perhaps the general is forgetting this,'' he said. The WADA's tasks include establishing a single list of banned substances, coordinating unannounced out-of-competition drug testing, developing standards for collecting and analyzing samples, pushing for unified drug sanctions and promoting research. On Monday, De Merode and EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin announced a new partnership to better coordinate research into sports in doping. Both officials stressed future research would be carried out in close cooperation with the WADA. Published: Monday Nov. 15, 1999 1999 Associated Press. Related Articles:Government Begin Discussing Anti-Doping Initiative-11/15/99 2000 To Ban U.S. Anti-Drugs Czar -Paper - 11/14/99
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on November 16, 1999 at 17:15:13 PT
'S All at-ti-tude, mate!
"Instead of insulting people, it is better to sit around a table and discuss." Well, mesire prince, you are talking about a man who's entire repertoire consists of nothing but insults.He insults the intelligence of every thinking being when he lies about the 'dangerous effects of cannabis'.He insults our memories when he claims that cannabis has no proven medicinal value. He insults our long-standing allies the Dutch, by claiming that their crime statistics (which he claims as being twice ours, when in actuality it's half that) are indicative of their (wise) drug policies. He insults the folks back home by calling medicinal marijuana a "Cheech and Chong Show", berating the tens of thousands of desperately and often terminally ill people.Yep, the man is a regular Dennis Leary, but nowhere near as funny. Like many American politicians, he's an embarressment that should be told to stay in his room and don't come out until he's developed other talents than that of jamming both of his feet in his mouth, and making the rest of America look like a fool's paradise.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 15, 1999 at 17:13:34 PT
McCaffrey isn't right for this job!
Hi Dankhank! Good to see you. Did you ever have a person not get it when you tell them you really aren't into the same things and it's best to go your own directions? Well most people have and McCaffrey reminds me of people like that. They only care about their agenda and how you fit into it and that is the extent of their depth. Sounds like the wrong attitude to fight a medical issue, because when it boils down to it drug abuse is a medical problem. I never met a person who was strung out on drugs including and mostly legal ones that planned on getting addicted. It just happens so why is that a crime?Peace, FoM!
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Comment #1 posted by Dankhank on November 15, 1999 at 16:45:31 PT:
Yankee go home!!!!!!!
So, the general is persona non grata in the IOC.IT IS THE FIRST STEP TO BEING PERSONA NON GRATA IN THE USAGo home general, they don't want you to play!!
Hemp n Stuff
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