The World Anti-Doping Agency defended its test for human growth hormone on Wednesday and accused the NFL players union of being "extremist"...
LONDON — The World Anti-Doping Agency defended its test for human growth hormone on Wednesday and accused the NFL players union of being “extremist” for questioning its validity.
WADA director general David Howman said the union was acting “the way they’ve operated the last few years” in trying to block the introduction of HGH testing in the NFL.
“I would expect the players association to take a stance which is extremist,” Howman said. “What we’ve got to do is get to reality and not to a position that is an extremist position.”
The NFLPA questioned the HGH test again after Tuesday’s ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case of Estonian cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu.
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The court lifted the three-year suspension imposed by the International Ski Federation on the two-time Olympic champion for use of HGH, citing “procedural flaws” in the limits established by WADA to determine a positive test.
But the three-person CAS panel also said it believed Veerpalu did take HGH and it backed the WADA testing method as a whole.
The NFL players said the decision highlighted its long-running concerns about HGH testing in pro football.
The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation.
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