Latest Drug Crackdown Could Expose Some Athletes
A complete list of buyers who received steroids, human growth hormone or other performance-enhancing drugs from a drug-trafficking network uncovered by federal investigators this week could take months to compile, federal agents involved in the crackdown said yesterday.
At this point, it is too early to rule out the involvement of any professional, collegiate or Olympic athlete, the agents said. But officials from two organizations — Major League Baseball and the United States Anti-Doping Agency — said Wednesday that there were signs that none of their athletes wiould be found to have been involved in the sprawling distribution network that involved drugs from China, the host of the 2008 Olympics. Neither official would say what those signs were.
…Gary I. Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency and an associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, said that every drug policy should explain that failing a drug test should not be necessary to receive a sanction. The penalty for receiving, distributing or buying banned drugs should be the same as using them, he said, following the WADA’s code.
“Sure, we’ve talked about Floyd Landis and his failed drug test, but the paradigm has changed,” Wadler said. “So much of the story now deals with stings and federal investigations and law enforcement, and the leagues have to specifically address that shift in their drug policies. They can’t just view doping as a positive test. Those days are long gone.”
This could drag down a hundred people. But rememeber they once said the same thing about en.wikipedia.org. And, yes, I just utilized Wikipedia for an info link.
My guess is two or three people get fucked on this one. We all know it’s way bigger than that. But I’ll be surprised if there are serious repercussions in professional sport in this country.by