By JOHN LINGARD
American women’s swimming team head coach Richard Quick says doping control is so inadequate at the Sydney Olympics that the use of EPO and human growth hormones will go undetected.
Quick yesterday urged the IOC, FINA and United States Olympic Committee to adopt a more aggressive stand, and suggested they alter priorities by diverting money spent by teams on first-class travel and five-star hotels toward improved drug testing.
“I can’t think of one thing more important for these organisations to be involved with than guaranteeing fair competition in sport,” he said.
“I am going to ask them to make it their No.1 priority. If suddenly there is a problem I hear of with regard to funding, maybe we don’t need to travel to our meetings first class and stay in five-star hotels. Maybe our priorities should see more substantial funding go to doping control.”
Quick fears these Games will not be drug free.
“I am concerned. I think the IOC have admitted that someone could be using EPO three days before competition here without detection. There are also suggestions that some competitors could be using human growth hormones.
“I am not a scientific expert, nor do I keep up with the politics of doping control, but I am very disappointed that the most effective test for EPO was not adopted. I would also like to know why they did not continue with research.
“They also decided not to adopt a test that could have been used to detect human growth hormone. I believe the tests we have are somewhat inadequate.”
The Americans have been drug-tested several times since they arrived for the Games.