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BOXERS USING ILLEGAL DRUGS BEWARE WBC AND VADA ARE PUNCHING WITH KO POWER


WBC PRESIDENT MAURICIO SULAIMAN IS TRULY PROVING TO BE A QUALITY ‘CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK. HIS ESTEEMED FATHER THE LATE Dr. JOSE SULAIMAN, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MODERN METHODS THAT HAVE MADE BOXING SO MUCH SAFER, WOULD BE SO PROUD.

PRESIDENT MAURICIO HAS ANNOUNCED HE HAS REACHED AGREEMENT WITH THE ORGANISATION VADA TO IMPROVE THE DETECTION OF DRUGS IN COMPETING BOXERS.

The announcement, quite rightly, was reserved for being made known first to the attendees at the 2014 WBC currently taking place in Las Vegas, USA.     

President Sulaiman said, "The WBC has reached an agreement with an organization named VADA, which is a different testing from the regular after-the-fight test.

“The VADA program, in conjunction with the WBC intends to make individual random tests test throughout the year.

“There is a universe of fighters who are within the Top 15 and champions who are eligible for this testing. It's random, and the WBC will conduct training and certification throughout the convention. This process is starting, we're going to take steps and once again, in agreement with VADA, boxing, will be leading the way for other sports that are blighted by this for a problem.”

Margaret Goodman, M.D, President and Board Chairman of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association,) addressed the morning assembly. In excerpts taken from her address to the Convention said:

"Thank you for inviting us here today, Mauricio. I'm so honoured to be a part of this. I started in boxing in 1993, and it was a big night for me last night because I saw some of the fighters I had examined to determine their fitness to box, like Tommy Hearns.

It was a great, great honour, and I loved Don José so much, so it is amazing to me to be a part of this.

"Several months ago, Duane Ford, who has been a wonderful friend and a mentor to me through the years when I worked as a ring physician, invited us to the NABF convention, where we gave a short presentation on performance-enhancing drugs, and Mauricio was there.

Dr. Goodman said, I was amazed when Mauricio sat down with me and said, 'Margaret, one of the most important things we need to do is to stop the use of performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.'. Goodman continued “I started to pay attention to this about three years ago, when I was still writing for The Ring magazine. I would talk to fighters in the gym, fighters would call me up and I would interview them, and I would find out the prevalence of this problem.

There are lots of things that are momentous in boxing.

When we started doing MRI studies and neurological exams of fighters, it was important; but I think this [new method] is going to surpass just about everything that we have all tried to do, because this speaks at the heart of fair, clean sport, and that's what we all want for the safety of the fighters.

"As I mentioned, I was a ring physician from 1994 to 2005. I was chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board until 2007. 

Ryan Connolly, our Chief Legal Counsel with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association started with us when we put this together in 2011. Ryan has been an anti-doping legal attorney for 15 years. He was the business director and started UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab with Dr. Don Catlin, who [we] will mention, as well.

"I think when we discuss this, we'll see how unprecedented this is and how this will really change the sport.

The main problem is that when testing is performed, in most instances, it's done after the fight. Sometimes it's done at the weigh-in, but it's done in a very close relationship to the fight. Often, it's only the championship fighters that are tested.

The panels that are used, whom we spoke about earlier, don't include all the anabolic agents. There is almost no unannounced random testing.

Now, I know in Great Britain they do some and some of the other countries, and this is fabulous, but in the United States it's almost never done and in a lot of other places it's never done.

"It's funny. I remember when I started working fights and I would talk to fighters and they weren't that savvy, because people wouldn't talk to them; b trust me, they know about all of this. They know about all of it, in some respects, as well as I do.

"The most important thing we can proceed to do is to add new testing. The program that the WBC has designed with us – that obviously, we're going to proceed ahead and gain more information with the legal department and get it all delineated – is first, community outreach.

We talked with Mauricio about going to the gyms – the gyms in Mexico, the gyms in the United States, and the schools. Recent studies have shown in the United States that up to seven percent of boys, median average age 15, have used anabolic steroids already. Some of them start at age 10. Girls, it's up to five percent.

"Secondly, what we have talked about with the WBC and what we are now working on is an online tutorial for fighters and trainers, and you will also have complete access. This will be a web-based program for everyone to learn about performance-enhancing drugs and supplements, so that the fighters know what this program is about, and they will learn what the side-effects of these substances are.

This is totally unprecedented, and will be available to all of the fighters all over the world."

BOXINGACTION.COM WILL GLADLY PUBLISH FOR FREE ANY DATA FROM THIS PARTNERSHIP OF WBC AND VADA. ~

 

 

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