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IBF/USBA lauded for drug testing

The International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association received the top score in an analysis conducted recently by a panel of experts arranged by the Wall Street Journal on Drug Testing policies of sports organizations throughout the world. “I am extremely pleased that we received the highest score among so many notable sporting organizations,” noted Marian Muhammad, IBF President. The IBF/ USBA came in number one with a score of 94.75 and scoring significantly higher than other major organizations such as the NFL (72.5), NBA (57.5), NHL (57.5) and MLB (56.2). The score was based on the presence of a policy, public accessibility to the policy and its administration, as well as the severity of the sanctions on the code’s offenders.

Along with the analysis report the Wall Street Journal published an article regarding the prevalence of doping scandals in sports that has resulted in skepticism from fans towards all athletes that give stellar performances. Essentially the purpose of the examination was to assuage this skepticism and enlighten sporting fans on drug testing policies throughout the world. Furthermore, indicating that not all superior athletes perform at such a high level due to the influence of drugs.

“I am not surprised that the IBF, and in general a boxing organization, received a top mark,” added Muhammad. “Drug testing is conducted for every fight, not just championships or title eliminators. It is a regular part of the sport because not only is an individual hurting himself by using performance enhancing drugs, or any other type of drug, but the consequences it could have on his opponent could be far greater,” explained the IBF President.

The examination conducted by the Wall Street Journal was of the drug testing policies of 22 major sports and governing bodies throughout the world. A score of 100 was the optimum and anything below 50 was insufficient. No other boxing entity was noted in this analysis. The IBF tests every fighter after a championship bout and a title elimination bout for controlled substances, painkillers, barbiturates, steroids, amphetamines and marijuana. The commission where the fight is held suspends the policy violator for six months, in most cases. In the event that the winner of a title fight fails a drug test, the title is vacated.




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