POSTED: March 30th 2009

Missing link in dope-test row

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

WELLINGTON, NZ: A communications gap was pointed up by Dr Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, for the current confusion over the ‘whereabouts’ dope-test policy.

Rogge, in Wellington for the Oceania National Olympic Committee general assembly in Queenstown, was commenting on the row which has erupted over the issue between world football federation FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

FIFA, the European federation UEFA and various players’ union have complained that the location notification stipulation in the new WADA code is excessive as far as top footballers are concerned.

Rogge first supported the anti-dope concept but then took a more critical view of the way in which information may have been relayed within sports.

He said: “The position of the IOC is very clear: we are in favour of the 'whereabouts' policy. This is essential in the fight against doping. However, there seems to be a lack of communication between the moment the decision was taken and the implementation.

“In some federations the information has not seeped through to the athletes' level so we have definitely advised WADA to make lots of information available on that."

Keywords · Rogge · IOC · WADA · whereabouts · FIFA · UEFA

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