Wednesday, 6 February 2008

New WADAwatch PRESS award

WADAwatch presents an exhilarating new feature!

“UnimPRESSed by the Press”

WADAwatch will begin to share with readers the worst writing, or facts-in-evidence, that surface in the global English-language coverage concerning WADA (and
parfois en français). A simple concept, for which the premier 'recipient' of the first ever WADAwatch award:

Tipping the Scales of Justice AWARD

May be justifiably awarded to James Christie, writer for the Globe and Mail, for his article Pound vying to lead sport's highest court.

Understand that WADAwatch spent Tuesday scanning a plethora of articles concerning the nomination of Dick Pound to the presidency of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Nearly all articles repeated the same sentences verbatim, about the nominations presented by the IOC to the board of the Court (more on that here), and the second nomination, of Robert Briner.

YET to win the first ever TIPPING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE award, Mr. Christie went 'the extra kilometer', as the reader may find in scanning the two-paragraph excerpt below; check the final paragraph:

It is one of the most powerful positions in sport. The CAS is the highest court for Olympic and amateur sport, the place where the biggest decisions have their ultimate appeal, such as doping decisions and penalties that have run the course of lesser appeals through national bodies and international federations.

Floyd Landis's Tour de France doping case, for instance, had been dealt with by the U.S. cycling and U.S. anti-doping bodies, but there was no final resolution until the CAS upheld their rulings against Landis.

WADAwatch would like to commend James Christie for either:

  1. not realizing that CAS has not ruled against Landis yet (the prize-winning error!);

  2. not realizing that the USA Cycling (a national Federation) and United States Anti–Doping Agency, or USADA, did not proffer separate rulings;

  3. that CAS is a viable venue for ALL sports: professional, amateur, Olympic, etc.: as long as the CAS is expressly named in the regulations governing the sport in question, and

  4. not informing us where his Crystal Ball is hidden (smile, James).

Could one even scan the Web, to see if James published other articles that mention Floyd's upcoming CAS hearing, scheduled for five days in March, 2008, in New York City (commencing the 19th)?

WADAwatch could not insinuate that Dick Pound's subliminal desires, since the very day of announcement of Floyd's A Sample appearing positive, being that 'Roid Floyd' should fry in the CAS ruling, were transmitted to James Christie... or... were they?

Never mind, WADAwatch will leave the dietrologia behind: congratulations James!

In satiric harmony,

The opinions expressed by WADAwatch are strictly formed with the purpose of inciting WADA to adhere to its Fundamental Rationale, achieve its goals and fulfil the aspirations of its Signatories, in achieving the highest possible level of objective, neutral science in sport-doping control.

Watching WADA


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