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Former WADA President and IOC VP Says Zuffa’s New Drug Testing Policy is a Farce

(“No athlete under my watch has ever gotten away with using a rubber fake piss-filled wang. And that’s a fact.”)

When asked about the announcement yesterday that Zuffa is adopting a pre-contract drug screening policy and that the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce would be stepping up its random drug testing strategy, the former head of the World Doping Agency and one-time vice president of the International Olympic Committee dismissed the news as simply being smoke and mirrors.

Montreal-based lawyer Dick Pound told the Canadian Press that by testing athletes in the month or so prior to and the day of a contracted bout, Zuffa is leaving a wide window of opportunity open for PED use the rest of the year by its athletes.

“It’s complete illusory and obviously intended to be that way.The minute you know when you’ll be tested, it’s very easy to make sure you don’t test positive.”

Pound says that if Zuffa is really concerned with the widespread problem, it would institute WADA or Olympic-style testing to level the playing field and to ensure the health and safety of its employees.

“The only way to really test athletes is to have a random drug testing program 365 days a year so that they cannot prepare,” Pound explained. “They’re just trying to do enough to keep the Congress off their backs.”

Pound was in London, Ontario Monday to speak at a celebrity sports dinner and auction, where he touched on the attraction of PEDs for young athletes.

“It’s very tough because it’s a very seductive approach the people urging it on them are taking.They just say, ‘It just helps you recover.’You have to get them to understand it’s cheating, a dangerous cheating. And you end up not respecting the game, not respecting your opponents and not respecting yourself. Oddly enough, most athletes understand that you need hard work to succeed . . . but this is a shortcut,” he explained, while admitting that it may take the death of a star athlete to make PED users realize that abusing them can have dire consequences.”We tend to react to the big things. It’s a mark of our society. I think there is a growing awareness, but there are always people who are sociopaths, who think the rules don’t apply to them.”

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MediumRare- January 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm
Dammit "Foxtrot" is what I meant. Don't know where "Farley" came from. Prolly was the comedian. Has anyone found the edit button yet? That thing has been missing for AGES!
But if we're changing it, let's change it to "Fucktard" - as in Dick Pound is a Fucktard with a very unfortunate name.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm
hahaha ... It took me a minute to figure out what the FUCK you said.
You know, Whiskey, Tango, Wilson has a ring of truth to it also....
RwilsonR- January 19, 2012 at 10:32 am
^ I actually like Farley better than Foxtrot. Let's change it XENO.
XENOPHON- January 19, 2012 at 8:51 am
@MediumRare Says
That's keeping it real!
Whiskey. Tango. Farley., wheres the Farley come from - the comedian?
knucklesamitch- January 19, 2012 at 7:26 am
Have a friend named Richard Crush ... We routinely call him Dick Crush. LOL.
Shaky- January 19, 2012 at 5:47 am
A tip for Dick Pound

Stick with Richard dude, it'll work out better for you.

Used to know a guy called Benjamin Deacock. No joke Ben-Deacock.
Legally changed his name to Matt. Stupid parents.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 19, 2012 at 5:17 am
You just got Dick Pound-ed!!
Motivated Penn- January 19, 2012 at 12:19 am
Any sport that does not have an independent organ issue random drug tests of athletes, throughout the year, with the consequence of being caught meaning immediate and permanent banishment for life, is not truly interested in eliminating PEDs.
RwilsonR- January 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm
XENO says: "...Papa Fertitta... with the wage issues, the monopoly claims, the predatory practices, employee testimonies, financial auditing, and now turning the cheek while their employees use illegal drugs...
Yeah, I'm sure the Feds are preparing their RICO case as we speak.
RwilsonR- January 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm
R955 presents the best option. Make sure testing procedures are correctly administered, chain of custody is observed, and multiple samples are taken and tested at separate labs to do multiple verifications on a positive result to avoid false positives. Then have zero tolerance policy on anyone popping positive. Banned for life. Consequences are better than the expense of 365 testing for every fighter under Zuffa contract, let alone guys in smaller shows.
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm
I like Dick Pound. Especially when deep into it.
QUOTE: “They’re just trying to do enough to keep the Congress off their backs.”
Is it going to be enough? I don't know. I know that in year 2000 (online horse racing) got raided by the Feds for being a publically traded $80 million dollar book making operation.
The raid lasted one day, and all the financial servers got seized by 10 Federal agencies, and as many local agencies. The cops where getting their feet wet, as this was new legal ground. Within a day later the company was back online pending the investigation.
In the end, $1 million dollars was coughed up to Gil Garcetti. He was running for a bigger office that year (from LA DA, to State Insurance Commissioner, I think), and all went away with some finesse.
Congress is much slicker and has much deeper pockets. New York might be an easy fix, but a Congressional Investigation with billions at stake is an entirely different beast. Zuffa with the mob gambling connections going back to Papa Fertitta, along with the wage issues, the monopoly claims, the predatory practices, employee testimonies, financial auditing, and now turning the cheek while their employees use illegal drugs may just a bridge too far.
No one in Congress is going to risk taking their money in an election year.
noizy- January 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm
At least it's not case sensitive
noizy- January 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm
The Captcha should have a list of MMA fighter. Case closed.
bigqueef- January 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm
LOL @ mediumrare
ccman- January 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm
Sorry but dick pound is completely full of shit. His assumption no Olympiad juiced from 1978 til 2001 and wasn't caught is posturing to try to have a legacy at best, 60's never came down more probable.
bigqueef- January 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Dick pound... really lmfao wtf
Ricardo Guitardo- January 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm
dick pound
KaneThePhoenix- January 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm
When I was in school there was a teacher named "Richard Head".
MediumRare- January 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm
Whiskey. Tango. Farley.
If you submit posts one after the other in quick succession, a stupid message pops up that says, "You're posting too fast. Slow down."
Reminds me of my wife. "You're drinking too fast. Slow down." "You're driving too fast. Slow down." "Stop kicking the dog." "Stop weighing your turds on the bathroom scale." "Stop cooking lamb chops on the iron when the frying pan is dirty."
I'm so sick of this shit.
MediumRare- January 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm
MediumRare- January 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Dick Pound
NinJay- January 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm
Also....."can have dire consequences"....I am not sure what this means.
NinJay- January 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Someone say NASCAR?

Dick Trickle has em' all beat.
AndyInflammatory- January 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Runner-up to Dick Wolf as Best Name Ever.
nohomo- January 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm
Actually a Dick Pound is two over a bakers dozen. Butt, close.