Tuesday , Apr , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Congress seeks information about steroid-testing policies

=== Congress seeks information about steroid-testing policies ===

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Committee on Government Reform issued
letters to the National Basketball Association and several other organizations
on Tuesday in an effort to seek information about steroid-testing policies.

Committee chairman Tom Davis and ranking minority member Henry Waxman
requested that the heads of the NBA, National Hockey League, Major League
Soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals, USA Track
& Field and USA Cycling turn over information regarding their respective
league’s policy on steroids and steroid testing.

On March 31, a similar letter was sent to National Football League
commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Each league must provide information on the current drug testing policy and
each drug testing policy that has been in place since the league began testing
for performance-enhancing drugs.

In addition, Congress asked for an annual summary on all performance-enhancing
drug test results since the league began testing for such drugs. Other
information requested included details of the testing protocol, how random
testing is done, protocol for offseason and the protocol for disclosing the
identity of players who test positive.

Davis and Waxman requested that each league hand deliver two copies of this
information to Capitol Hill by 6 p.m. (et) on April 12, 2005.

It was on March 17 that the same committee held a hearing to examine and
ultimately criticize MLB’s steroids testing policy.