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!