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First Drugs Tests Amount to a Farce
Mon Jun 30, 1:14 PM ET
By Norman Dabell
LONDON (Reuters) - The European Tour's French farce Sunday,
when six players went through a meaningless drugs test at Le
Golf National outside Paris, highlighted just how confusing
the issue of 'banned substances' has become in golf.
Had any of the six players proved to be a crack-snorter or
steroid-popper, he would have escaped penalty, French Open
(news - web sites) tournament director David Probyn later
In golf, there can be no equivalent of the four-month
suspension handed out to Dutch footballer Jaap Stam for taking
the anabolic steroid nandrolone, or the year's ban on playing
cricket for Australia's Shane Warne, who tested positive for
French Open winner Philip Golding had been taken medicines to
combat flu and hay-fever not long before he finally ended his
20-year wait for a European Tour title Sunday, and they could
have still been present in his body.
What a kick in the teeth that would have been if the
triumphant Golding had been stripped of his winner's check for
290,000 pounds ($478,200), simply because he was taking a cold
remedy that appeared on the banned list.
As it happened, the 40-year-old Englishman had checked the
European Tour's list of banned substances, drawn up by the
International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) (IOC), and
should pass his test with flying colors when the results
emerge in two weeks.
But the bottom line here is: if tournament professionals
cannot be penalised, regardless of what they take, what is the
use of such a list?
It is clear the European Tour would like to sharpen its teeth
for the battle against drug-taking in sport, but it seems it
needs to grow its molars first.
"We do not have a competition condition relating to drugs at
this time," Probyn said Sunday, after the European Tour's
first random drug tests had taken place. "It can't affect the
"We have had to submit ourselves to the tests this week
because it is the law of the land (in France) and, if the
(French) Federation pass on to us a positive test, we will
review it in its fullness.
"But there is no specific penalty at this time -- because we
get close to a policy and then everything changes again. There
is not a bound list that everyone is clear on for golf right
"There is the list from the IOC, but whether that applies in
its entirety, or in part, to golf has not been formulated.
"The R&A (the Royal and Ancient Golf Club) have a policy, but
they are still working with the World Anti-Doping Agency, to
create something that can be used universally across the sport
and we (the European Tour) are trying to be part of that.
"It is a long and laborious process."
It will certainly be a sad dawn over St. Andrews if golf is
ever plunged into the type of controversies that have shamed
sports like athletics and cycling.
But it is difficult to imagine that performance-enhancing
drugs would be of any use to top-level golfers, who need to be
in complete control of themselves -- both mentally and
Sam Torrance (news), Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup (news - web
sites) captain at The Belfry last year, was once prescribed
beta-blockers which ease hypertension, but had to stop taking
them because he found himself becoming too lethargic.
There cannot be many drugs available -- if any -- that will
help a player hole a treacherous, swinging six-foot putt if he
happens to have the yips.
As for the modern focus on power hitting off the tee, that can
only be achieved through club-head speed and a mix of graphite
and titanium, and not through steroid mixtures.
Three-times major winner Nick Price (news) voiced fears
earlier this year that steroids could be used by future
generations of tournament professionals in a bid to keep up
with the biggest hitters in the game.
However most of his peers doubt that steroid use would allow a
player to stay competitive.
"Potentially, anything could be a problem, but steroids is an
illogical place to go," said 1997 U.S. PGA champion Davis Love
For the moment, only France is demanding drugs tests in golf.
For the players concerned, this really amounts to an
inconvenience over providing a sample -- and nothing more.