League Notes: WADA Satisfied With UCI Over Chris Froome Exemption
The World Anti-Doping Agency stated Monday night that the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) "had not broken any protocol in issuing Team Sky’s Chris Froome with a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the oral corticosteroid prednisolone during April’s Tour of Romandy." WADA’s statement comes in the aftermath of claims made in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday that Froome’s TUE "had been issued by the UCI without Wada regulations being followed." The statement said, "Wada is satisfied that the UCI’s decision to grant a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to Chris Froome was conducted according to the rules of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), and therefore will not be reviewing this case any further" (LONDON TIMES, 6/17). ... Nippon Professional Baseball Secretary General Atsushi Ihara said Tuesday that "this year’s Asia Series is a chance to show off baseball’s potential" for the IOC. Ihara revealed that "the tournament pitting Asia’s national champions, will take place in Taiwan in November, just before the IOC is scheduled to meet in an extraordinary session on Dec. 8 in Monaco" (KYODO, 6/17). ... Reversing an earlier position, the South Korean government said Tuesday that "it is 'impossible' to form joint teams with North Korea for the upcoming Asian Games, given tight schedules and current inter-Korean relations." Last month, North Korea announced its plan "to join the 2014 Asian Games to be held in the metropolitan city of Incheon" (YONHAP, 6/17).