SBD/September 1, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL's HGH Test Might Not Be Ready For Week One After Union Cancels Meeting

The NFL "may not get the approval of the players to begin testing" for HGH in time for Week One of the regular season next week, according to Bob Glauber of NEWSDAY. Players “continue to differ with the league about how to implement a testing procedure, even after conferring last week" with officials from WADA. NFLPA reps were “scheduled to have a conference call Wednesday, during which HGH testing was to be discussed.” But the call was “canceled because of logistical issues related to the playing of preseason games” tonight. NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello yesterday “in a strongly worded message” argued that the players “were setting a poor example by not agreeing to testing procedures.” Aiello: "It's time to stop the delay and get moving with this program." Glauber notes it is “uncertain whether the call will be rescheduled,” but the “longer the delay continues, the less likely a testing program will be in place by the time the regular season begins” (NEWSDAY, 9/1). NFLPA officials last week said that they “had not received data from the World Anti-Doping Agency that would make them feel comfortable with the testing.” They are “seeking additional information about the test's reliability and safety” (AP, 8/31).
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