Sweden: Check Up Or Check Out

Check Up Or Check Out

Ten drug-related disqualifications at the Seoul Olympics, including the infamous demedaling of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, have cast a worldwide pall over competitive athletics. Last week sports officials from 29 countries met in Borlange, Sweden, to draw up tough drug-testing proposals aimed at stamping out the use of anabolic steroids by athletes. If adopted by enough sports governing bodies, the recommendations could lead the way to making the use of steroids by top-ranking international athletes virtually impossible.

The Borlange group's key proposal was that random checks for steroid use be carried out during training as well as actual competition. Refusal to...

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