By STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun
SYDNEY -- The C.J. Hunter scandal is further proof the Americans have not been serious in the fight against drugs, Canada's top anti-doping crusaders said last night.
Dr. Andrew Pipe, chairman of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, said the American shot putter's positive test for steroids on July 28 at the Bislett Games in Norway demonstrates the U.S. has been dragging its feet for far too long in terms implementing a proper, out-of-competition drug scheme.
Drug testers the world over have said that only out-of-competition, unannounced testing will put a major dent in drug use.
"Only recently have the Americans announced the formation of a national anti-doping agency," Pipe said. "Clearly this (latest scandal) proves that was overdue.
"I think it's a significant development that we're starting to see big-name U.S. athletes test positive and those results become public."
The Americans have been accused for years of protecting their athletes by not implementing a solid anti-doping program, one that would see tests conducted on a totally unannounced basis.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has also been criticized for not coming clean with the names of athletes who have tested positive.
CANADA A LEADER
Most top American track and field athletes who have tested positive for drugs over the years have been caught in meets in Europe, and not at domestic meets or by an American out-of-competition drug program.
Canada has been a leader in anti-doping and the frustration level at the CCES concerning the lack of a proper program in the U.S. over the years has been significant.
"We've always tried in a thoughtful but forceful manner to make the point to the Americans that, given their position in world sport, the fact they did not have a (proper) anti-doping program, is a significant anomaly. We've constantly encouraged them to develop such an agency."
Pipe, who is working with the Canadian men's basketball team at these Games, said he no longer is shocked by such doping scandals.