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WADA gets aggro about shitty testing

The people from the World Anti-Doping Agency have been waving their arms around trying to get sports and commissions on board with better drug testing for a while now. I guess they’ve gotting sick of waiting for improvements to be made willingly, because now they’ve started throwing people under the bus via the press to get their point across.

But the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and USADA say they have had no role in the UFC’s antidoping efforts and have not tested a single fighter.

Instead, testing has been left to individual state and provincial athletic commissions, which USADA chief Travis Tygart describes as woefully inadequate.

“They want, for public relation and marketing reasons, to say they have something that makes them look better than they truly are,” Tygart told Reuters.

“Why don’t they have better rules to give athletes and sports fans comfort that there is not a rampant culture of cheating with dangerous drugs going on in their sport?

“They’re trying to pull a fast one here.”

I know what you’re thinking: the UFC leaves steroid testing in the hands of government-run athletic commissions, so the shoddy easy to beat pee testing currently used isn’t their fault! True enough, but when you actively push to keep things from getting better…

Tygart said not only are the state athlete commissions inadequate, but that lawyers for mixed martial arts argued at a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing against beefing up anti-doping efforts with blood testing.

“Not only are they not WADA Code compliant they have fought tooth and nail not to have any principles of the WADA Code,” said Tygart. “It’s a joke that they claim they are trying to protect their sport with WADA policies.

“Make no mistake, rules that apply to UFC in the states are horrific in comparison to the WADA Code.”

More on that NSAC meeting here. The situation is kinda a mini-disgrace. Everyone knows how crappy urine testing is and how much better blood testing would be, yet none of the 40+ athletic commissions in the US have proposed a switch. Not. Freaking. One. That’s some impressive dedication across the board to improving the quality of testing and catching cheaters!

  • frickshun

    That’s fucking depressing.

    Over/under on how long before Volds posts in here?

  • Symbul

    See no evil, hear no evil…

    That being said, I’m not particularly against doping in MMA as long as it’s not done through Dr. Locker R. Drugdealer on the sterling advice of your bodybuilding freak buddy.

  • CAP

    WADA would make Soobo find a new sport with his upstanding morals.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m glad they’re doing this – the more pressure on the Fertitas to up the cleanliness, the better.

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    WADA became less cool in 2008 when John Fahey took over as its President upon the retirement of the previous incumbent, the impressively named former IOC vice president and honorary Lt. Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, Dick Pound.

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    but seriously, they just want a piece of the action. Taking over testing from commissions creates a reason to redirect funds from local state commissions towards increasing the contributions the us makes to WADA already. The cost of the testing probably wouldn’t come out of this money, as WADA are currently trying to lobby every country to crucify people that even look at PEs before being near a sporting event. They’ll charge the promoter for the testing, which if you’re the ufc is a drop in the ocean, not so much if you’re mr local promotion.

  • agentsmith

    ^ No kidding, it’s rather self-serving when you criticize people for not using the testing that you’re pretty much the sole provider of.

  • frickshun

    I LOL’d when OpenPalm tossed out a “But seriously, folks”

  • Letibleu

    But seriously, folks, do you see what I see?

    Tiki in the backround