Stanford swimmers and drug testing

Stanford swimmers and drug testing

Post by R. Eak » Mon, 08 Nov 1993 10:30:31


I have not seen the text of any court document, but as far as I can tell
a lower California court has enjoined the NCAA from requiring any Stanford
swimmer to be subject to random drug testing.  This apparently does not
apply to Cal swimmers, UCLA swimmers, etc., nor to other organizations like
USS, FINA, etc.  It is also unlikely that a California court ruling would
have any applicability outside the state boundaries of California.

The NCAA has appealed this injunction, and the California Supreme Court
is currently considering the case.  There are two sides to this issue.  On
the one hand, why should the courts have any authority over a private
organization like the NCAA in determining their definition of an event or
who they want to recognize as a record holder?  Furthermore nobody is
forcing the swimmers to compete in NCAA events.  On the other hand, random
drug testing involves stripping and urinating in front of a monitor, a really
obnoxious violation of privacy and an a priori assumption of guilt.  If a
swimmer wants to be so foolish as use steroids and risk medical complications
later on in life, it should be the place of the personal physician, not the
NCAA, to be involved in deterrence.

 
 
 

Stanford swimmers and drug testing

Post by Greg Shalet » Fri, 12 Nov 1993 06:55:47


Quote:
>swimmer wants to be so foolish as use steroids and risk medical complications
>later on in life, it should be the place of the personal physician, not the
>NCAA, to be involved in deterrence.

I agree.  If they want to kill themselves...let them.
The only problem is that it does result in unfair advantages.  I think
that drug testing should be mandatory for all major meets,  Including
international meets (Yes this means testing for China's women...)
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Greg Shalette