POSTED: January 17th 2010

Fight against doping: beware future bid cities

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jan. 17: One more loophole in the fight against doping could work in favor of future drug cheats plotting to smuggle performance enhancing drugs into Canada for the Vancouver Games. Some of them are just not illegal in Canada.

Associated Press reports that Canada’s border police will turn over to the IOC names of athletes caught at the border with performance enhancing drugs. The IOC has discussed with Ottawa for the past two years in vain trying to get them to enforce legislation that the drugs cross the border in the first place.

In order to give that information to the IOC the athletes and their entourage must sign a waiver to share the information. The IOC in turn has made the waiver mandatory to compete at the Games but Canada has imposed a use by date Jan 25-March 25th covering the Paralympics too.

Emmanuele Moreau, speaking on behalf of the IOC, reiterated the organization’s zero tolerance for doping and the fact that they will be working closely with local authorities to stamp out performance enhancing substances.

The lack of harmonization of anti-doping legislation allows for the legitimate sale of many substances in Canada and the country has privacy laws that prohibit sensitive information being passed on to Olympic organizers.

A long standing problem for the IOC and WADA has been the worldwide attempt to impose harmonized anti-doping legislation throughout all countries. Vancouver was selected to host the Games seven years ago and the fight against doping and anti-doping research has made much progress but unfortunately the host country still leaves the door open.

The bottom line for future bidding cities is a point that IOC medical commission chair Prof. Arne Ljungqvist is driving home that they must have anti-doping legislation in place as they get into the bidding process to host the Games. Thus eliminating opening the door for potential ways and means of getting around any anti-doping cracks in the laws.

Keywords · IOC · Vancouver Games · anti-doping

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