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WADA's Pound: most pro sports don't do stringent (enough) drug testing

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01-11-2012, 11:01 PM
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WADA's Pound: most pro sports don't do stringent (enough) drug testing

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/01/1...n-pounds-radar

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... even though the NHL has implemented a drug testing policy ... and Pound believes it's better than nothing, he still thinks it falls far short.

"(The NHL) is finally doing some testing, but it never made the program public, so it's hard to tell whether it's serious and/or effective," Pound said.
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Then again, Pound isn't only dumping on the NHL. He believes most professional sports don't take their drug-testing policies seriously enough.

Pound said one reason more NHL players aren't caught is because there is no out-of-season testing, so that players know they use the drugs leading up to the season and get it out of their system before they are subject to testing.

"And they don't test for stimulants which is the drug of choice for hockey players," he said.

The NHL doesn't test for a lot of drugs on the WADA list.
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But he isn't laughing when he talks about the problems of catching drug cheats in professional sports because many players, owners, executives and player unions aren't anxious to make drug-testing a priority.

Losing players to long suspensions is not in the best interest of hockey teams, but Pound doesn't put all the blame for toothless drug-testing policies solely on the owners and management of professional sports.

One of the big obstacles is players' unions, Pound said.

"When you think of players and their union, they should be thinking, 'We shouldn't have to do this to ourselves in order to succeed and if some of our members do, they are basically stealing from the rest of it because they get the multi-$million contract and we get what's left.' It's like a steel town union - anything that the public or management wants is wrong."

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And who really cares? The original point of drug testing was to make sure that some athletes didn't get an unfair advantage over others. Put in the hands of 'international' committees, who have to justify their very existence from that point forward, and you get to a point where athletes have no privacy, are required to routinely give up personal fluids and to be monitored and tracked more closely than any registered sex offender or felon on parole. This invasion of privacy has spread to the private sector as well, obliterating the line between home and work life.

The only thing Orwell got wrong was that it would be the public sector violating individual freedom. It's very prevalent in the private sector as well. You want a job? Go pee in a cup first.

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Isn't this the same organization that would ban a player from competition for taking over the counter cough medicine for a few days because it would show as being "performance enhancing drugs"?

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Yeah ... WADA has unfortunately taken a good mission and distorted it into a pretty invasive and idiotic program.

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Pound gets on his soap box every year or so when it comes to this

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Pound gets on his soap box every year or so when it comes to this
That is the first thing that came to mind, "This again?".

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I honestly do not think fans care at all about this issue, if it really is an issue. Personally, I think PED can be better coined as performance enhancing science. While substances can be dangerous if recklessly taken/abused, some of those substances can be taken safely under the supervision of a qualified physician IMO. I believe that there is an adult conversation to be had about this aspect of sport, unfortunately people in high places do not want to have it at this time.

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The original point of drug testing was to make sure that some athletes didn't get an unfair advantage over others.
Now that everybody has access to everything, IMO it's time to get rid of the pretence and simply let players optimize their bodies for their sports in whatever manner they deem best.

Let the games begin!

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Now that everybody has access to everything, IMO it's time to get rid of the pretence and simply let players optimize their bodies for their sports in whatever manner they deem best.

Let the games begin!
Most if not all of these "optimizations" due serious long-term damage to the health of the athletes. Is it really fair to ask young men aged 14-17 to choose between doing long-term damage to their health and making an attempt to play the sport they love professionally? It is completely unethical to force athletes to make that choice.

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so the head of the world drug testing body thinks more drug testing is needed? color me shocked

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The NHL's drug testing policy is perfectly designed to not catch anyone.

League says they are testing, players are free to do whatever during offseason and playoffs.

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But how many NHL players get caught during the Olympics or World Championships? Not too many.

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Most if not all of these "optimizations" due serious long-term damage to the health of the athletes. Is it really fair to ask young men aged 14-17 to choose between doing long-term damage to their health and making an attempt to play the sport they love professionally? It is completely unethical to force athletes to make that choice.
If they choose to play sports professionally they are doing long-term damage to their health. It's impossible to pursue a professional career in sports and come out of it A-OK.

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Now that everybody has access to everything, IMO it's time to get rid of the pretence and simply let players optimize their bodies for their sports in whatever manner they deem best.

Let the games begin!
Not a fan of this attitude. Besides the fact that it could have serious long-term consequences for the players as stated by Holden Caulfied, I like to think of pro athletes as being like me but infinitely more skilled. If you're going to accept that they can take whatever drugs will improve their performance, you might as well watch robot wars or something instead.

Usain Bolt for example isn't a human, he's a machine. And I don't mean that in a good way.

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