WADA may probe recreational drug use

WADA may probe recreational drug use{mosimage}MONTREAL – The World Anti-Doping Agency could wind up looking into out-of-competition cases of athletes caught taking cocaine and other recreational drugs, its president said Monday. Earlier this month, Romanian soccer player Arian Mutu of Chelsea was barred from playing anywhere in the world after drawing a seven-month English ban for doping offenses.

Under the WADA code, cocaine is prohibited in competition. Because Mutu tested positive for it at a practice site in September, “we didn’t have any jurisdiction,” Pound said in a conference call. “I note that British Sports Minister Richard Caborn is considering asking us to investigate whether or not things like cocaine should be added to the list of banned substances,” he said. “When that comes up, we will certainly look at that.”

Pound said WADA was going “to press forward” with trying to get Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA and NHL to adopt the WADA code. -The Associated Press



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