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Anti-doping head slams golf's new testing policy

Golf's new drug-testing policy has come under fire from anti-doping chief Dick Pound after the sport decided to use their own list of banned substances.

The sport has mapped out a list of banned substances and a method for each organisation to test for them which will come into effect in 2008.

But World Anti-Doping Agency chief Pound said: "There is quite a lot of progress that's been made.

"It's very disappointing, however, that they would not use (the Wada) list."

The golf organisations behind the drug policy include the PGA Tour, European Tour, US Golf Association, Royal & Ancient, Augsuta National Golf Club, the PGA of America and the LPGA.

Golf's list of banned substances includes anabolic agents, hormones, stimulants, narcotics, beta blockers and masking agents.

But the sport stopped short of adopting Wada's list of banned substances.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who also serves as chairman of the World Golf Foundation, said: "We don't consider them in any way impactful as a performance enhancement."

Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson added: "We've no reason to believe golf is anything but clean."

But Pound responded: "I don't understand that, unless it's simply organisational testosterone - they can't be seen to accept anyone else's list.

"My question to golf would be: Is there anything on the list under the world anti-doping code that you think your players should be able to take?

"And if there is, then golf should indicate what they think their athletes should be able to take that the rest of the athletes around the world can't."

Golf legend Gary Player claimed in July that he knew professional golfers were taking performing-enhancing drugs, and called for testing.

September 21, 2007

 




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