Doping could cost sports slot in Olympics
Vail, CO Colorado
GUATEMALA CITY ” World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound warned Friday that “more than a handful” of Olympic sports have failed to comply with anti-doping rules, endangering their place in future games.
“We suspect there is substantial noncompliance by many of the international federations,” Pound told the International Olympic Committee assembly. “If a sport or a national Olympic committee is not code compliant, the sport in particular cannot remain on the program of the Olympic Games.”
Pound later declined to say which sports are in danger, but said he hoped the warning would prod them to action before a report by WADA in September. If any of the federations still fail to comply by a WADA board meeting in November 2008, the agency will report those sports to the IOC for possible action.
Summer and winter sports are among those that have failed to fully implement the global anti-doping code, Pound said.
Any formal decision to remove a sport from the Olympics is up to the IOC. Earlier Friday, the IOC adopted rules changes that would allow a sport to be dropped at a short notice for “exceptional reasons,” including refusal to comply with anti-doping rules.
Noncompliance can include failure to conduct out-of-competition testing or have a reliable drug testing management system, Pound said.
The first time a sport could be removed would be for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, but Pound said he expected all seven winter sports federations to be in line by then.
Pound said some smaller federations “just don’t know what to do” to comply with the rules, while others simply refuse.
“It’s the old system,” he said. “It’s embarrassing to have any positive cases, so they just don’t want to have any positive cases.”
Without singling out cycling as one of the offenders, Pound said the sport’s governing body ” the UCI ” had allowed doping “to get out of hand.”
“It’s not only organized, it’s endemic,” Pound said, adding that the sport’s credibility “is in shreds.”