Battle of the titans
Doping is bad
FIFA May Amend Code on Doping
By LYNN ZINSER
Published: April 25, 2006
Soccer's international governing body was told by arbitrators yesterday that its rules did not comply with World Anti-Doping Agency requirements. It is the latest step in a feud that could endanger soccer's status as an Olympic sport.
FIFA, which governs soccer worldwide, had said that its anti-doping rules matched the anti-doping agency's code, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, had rejected that claim.
"With this legal opinion, which FIFA itself sought, C.A.S. has laid the foundations for resolving any differences that exist with regard to the World Anti-Doping Code," Joseph S. Blatter, the soccer federation's president, said in a statement.
Although soccer is not required to change its rules — the anti-doping agency has no power to impose sanctions — adherence to the world anti-doping code is required by the International Olympic Committee as a condition of being an Olympic sport.
The two organizations had asked the arbitration panel to resolve the issue. Soccer's federation has resisted adopting an automatic two-year ban because it supports determining the level of an athlete's guilt instead of using the zero-tolerance standard. Some of soccer's sanctions for doping violations have been as short as six months.
An automatic two-year ban would affect club play as well.'
But the IOC needs soccer in the summer Olympics to draw audiences in much of the world. It's become a mini-World Cup, But FIFA needs to get it's anti-doping rules in order.
This is a fight they don't need. With real issues like racism in Europeans soccer, they couldlive without this fight.
FIFA already has real problems with clubs. Two year bans could ruin European clubs chances for lucrative championship play. Which is why FIFA has flexible rules. The IOC wants a ban basically for other sports., but needs soccer to conform.
The IOC will go far to keep soccer, and FIFA will go far to avoid the stigma of being booted over doping rules
posted by Steve @ 12:04:00 AM