McCaffrey To Call for Pound's Removal at IOC 

McCaffrey To Call for Pound's Removal at IOC 
Posted by FoM on November 17, 1999 at 08:19:13 PT
By Tony Harper, Associated Press Writer
Source: SF Gate
The White House's chief drug adviser wants Dick Pound ousted as chairman of the International Olympic Committee's drug agency. 
``Mr. Pound is brilliant -- he testified to U.S. Congress last week and did a splendid job,'' U.S. drug chief Barry McCaffrey said of Pound, an IOC vice president. ``He's smart, he's a potential future president of the IOC, but he's also the marketer. He negotiates $1.08 billion in television rates out of U.S. television alone. You shouldn't have your marketer being the independent drug testing person.'' McCaffrey made the comment today as 26 nations signed an agreement to play a leading role in the new World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during a drugs in sport summit. McCaffrey said he was optimistic that a solution suitable to all sides will be worked out. ``When we're done with this, we're going to end up with a situation we all find attractive,'' McCaffrey said. ``That'll be a good thing for the IOC and a good thing for the rest of us.'' Samaranch has embraced the support and invited a delegation, including McCaffrey, to discuss plans for WADA, which was established last week. Australian IOC president Kevan Gosper, speaking after the doping summit ended today, said Samaranch had been fully briefed throughout the meeting and was ``very pleased.'' ``There's a lot of goodwill here,'' Gosper said. McCaffrey has been critical of the current form of WADA and said he would make his point in the meetings with Samaranch. Dates for the meetings have not been set. ``I'm going to see them to listen, be respectful and say here are our concerns from the Sydney (summit),'' McCaffrey said. Chief among the concerns are the need for an independent chairman and the necessity to move the agency from Lausanne, Switzerland, a point already accepted by the IOC. The government agencies that attended the summit established a steering committee to be led by Australia and Canada. Australia hosted and organized the summit while the delegates followed a proposal submitted by Canadian secretary of state for amateur sports Denis Coderre. ``If we want to participate, we have to put the emphasis on the `W' -- the world agency,'' Coderre said. Gosper said the summit, which included countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Oceania, had helped widen the Eurocentric focus of WADA. ``It filled the gap that WADA started off with being European orientated,'' Gosper said. ``The Europeans understand now how important it is to take the rest of the world on board. ``This was truly a world representative group saying what they expected of WADA, what they wanted of WADA, but with full support for WADA.'' TONY HARPER, Associated Press WriterWednesday, November 17, 1999 Related Articles:McCaffery Accepts IOC Invitation - 11/16/99 IOC Drug Chief Chides `Hysterical' Reaction - 11/15/99 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 #2 posted by FoM on November 17, 1999 at 11:43:58 PT
He is isn't he?
That was funny. Thanks for the laugh!
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Comment #1 posted by lookinside on November 17, 1999 at 11:19:34 PT
mccaffrey is an idiot...
i wish he would swallow a grenade.
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