Title fight to rope in doping as baseball is called out




World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey called on Major League Baseball and its players' association to start testing for human growth hormone.

Fahey said that if they were serious about getting rid of cheats, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association should immediately start out-of-competition testing and the collection of blood samples.

"We continue to read statements from the MLB commissioner and MLBPA representatives questioning the appropriateness of implementing blood testing in their league. This is nonsense," Fahey said in a statement. "The blunt reality is that a number of doping substances and methods, including HGH, are currently detectable only through blood testing."

Management and the union say they would accept a validated urine test for HGH and that their science advisers are checking into the accuracy of the blood test for HGH. WADA says the blood test is valid.

WADA has repeatedly criticized MLB for what it considers inadequate testing.

WADA has been pushing for more testing for HGH after a Britain rugby league player in February became the first athlete suspended for using the hormone.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and welterweight champion Shane Mosley will undergo Olympic-style drug testing for their May 1 fight in Las Vegas.

Representatives of the two fighters joined Travis Tygart, of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, on a conference call Thursday to discuss the program, which is more extensive than the testing that currently falls under the jurisdiction of state athletic commissions.

"This is one of the biggest events I've seen in the sport of boxing, and if this introduces Olympic-style testing to boxing, we not only have delivered a great fight but also leveled the field for athletes," said Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions.

Mayweather and Mosley will be subjected to an unlimited number of unannounced blood and urine tests before and after the fight, and the results will be stored so USADA can test them in the future. The samples are screened for all drugs currently banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, including human growth hormone and designer steroids like THG.

Most state athletic commissions test only urine samples, which Tygart said cannot detect at least four performance-enhancing substances, including HGH.



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