SBD/Issue 216/Olympics

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  • Will Action Sports Find Their Way Onto Beijing Sports Roster

    White Waiting For Skateboarding
    To Be Added To Olympic Roster
    Leaders in skateboarding and BMX freestyle have “begun preparing for what they see as an inevitable leap to ... an invitation to compete at the Olympics,” according to Matt Higgins of the N.Y. TIMES. They “point to how [snowboarding] has made the Winter Games cooler, and they wonder, why not us?” But neither the Int’l Skateboarding Federation nor the Int’l BMX Freestyle Federation has applied to enter the Olympics. Gary Ream, co-Owner of the Woodward action sports summer camps, is “leading the way” for the two disciplines. Ream: “I don’t think it’s cool to say you want to be in the Olympics. That’s what’s wrong with the Olympics.” USA Skateboarding Exec Board VP Tony Hawk added, “At this point, the Olympics need skateboarding more than skateboarding needs the Olympics.” Higgins notes BMX racing has been added to the ’08 Beijing Games, and China’s communist gov’t has been “an unlikely ally for action sports.” Chinese Extreme Sports Association Secretary General Wei Xing indicated that action sports “could appear in the Olympics as soon as 2008, albeit in a limited exhibition format.” But Ream and others “want to ensure the core of skateboarding and BMX freestyle ultimately have control over their sports.” USA BMX Freestyle President Steve Swope: “We believe we know what’s best for these sports.” Swope added that “efforts were underway to create regional qualifiers, leading eventually to a national championship.” Higgins notes USA Skateboarding “plans to do the same” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/6).

    ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS? Shaun White, who won a Gold Medal in snowboarding at the Turin Games this year and also competes in skateboarding, said if skateboarding gets into the Olympics, “I would support it for sure” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/6). But skateboarder Danny Way said, “Grouping skateboarding with [Olympic] sports, to me, is taking the soul out of what we do” (L.A. TIMES, 8/7).

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  • IAAF Wants To Give Four-Year Bans For Failed Drug Tests

    IAAF’s Diack Seeking To Double
    The Ban For Doping Violations
    IAAF President Lamine Diack said that his group “was prepared to go alone in imposing four-year bans” for athletes who fail drug tests for the first time, according to USA TODAY. Diack called Olympic Gold Medal-winning sprinter Justin Gatlin’s recently-announced failed drug test a “disaster for our sport,” and added, “We cannot have doping.” The IAAF in ’95 cut its four-year bans to two years “to line up with doping policies of other sports.” Diack said a proposal will be put before the next IAAF congress in August ’07 (USA TODAY, 8/7).

    TEST RUN: The AP’s Bob Baum cited a source as saying that Gatlin “insisted on running at the national championships in Indianapolis in June even after USA Track & Field officials asked him to withdraw over his positive drug test.” Since only the “A” sample result was available, USATF “had no authority to bar Gatlin from competing” (AP, 8/4).

    SHOWING REMORSE: Patrick Arnold, who created three “steroid-like drugs” including “the clear,” expressed “remorse Friday for what his work has done to ‘sports and society’ after a federal judge sentenced him to three months in prison and three months of house arrest.” Arnold: “Now, more than ever, I’m very much against sports doping. I do believe there should be a level playing field, and this whole thing needs to be addressed.” Arnold has admitted to supplying the substances to BALCO, “which in turn provided them” to athletes. Arnold said that he “also gave banned drugs to coaches” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/5).

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