“ Why every time you ask Floyd Mayweather about drug testing, only two things come out of his mouth, Manny Pacquiao and USADA?” inquired Big Steve during our Monday lunch at Porto’s bakery on Brand Boulevard:” You know all about Manny, but it is USADA that interests me. Floyd mentions USADA every chance he gets. He even turned an acronym for Untied States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) into a word; he pronounces it like oosada. That suggests a certain amount of familiarity. Any of his family works for USADA? What do you think?”
“My ultimate goal is not just for USADA in the sport of boxing,” said Mayweather Jr. when I interviewed him in Los Angeles several months ago:” But for USADA in professional sports, period; because there is too much cheating going on in the sports.”
Here is a bit of history on the subject; the word doping was derived from the Dutch word dop, the name of beverage made from grape skins used by Zulu warriors to enhance their ability in battle. The term became current in 20th century in association with drugging race horses with illegal substances for maximum performance. However a problem with athletes using enhancement substances is as old as competition itself. Ancient Greek sportsmen were known to use stimulating potions to energize them and to increase their stamina.
With a problem as old as competitive sports, WADA was created. World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA works towards a vision of a world where all athletes compete in a doping free environment. It was established in 1999 as an independent international agency in collaboration between governments and sport movement. WADA is a Swiss private law foundation with headquarters in Montreal Canada. The foundation’s main responsibility is to monitor the World Anti- Doping Code in all sports and all countries.
One year later in 2000, United States Anti Doping Agency with its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado was formed and began its operations. USADA is an independent agency that was created to uphold the integrity of US Olympic and Pan American Game’s athletes.
Is there a relationship between USADA and WADA?
“They (WADA) set the code,” said USADA representative, Jennifer Diego when I spoke to her over the phone earlier today:” And we abide by it.”
Sounds pretty simple. Not so simple when it comes to Floyd Mayweather.
“If Floyd Mayweather losses, I want the fighter that’s clean to beat me,” Floyd said:” I am willing to be tested whenever, if USADA is here today, they can test me now. I am a clean athlete and I want to show the world that Floyd Mayweather is a clean athlete. The say I am a face of boxing, so I am making a stand.” Few months ago team Pacquiao stated that issues with drug testing have been resolved and since there is no USADA in Philippines, WADA would test Manny Pacquiao while he trains there. Since WADA sets the code for every one in the world there shouldn’t be any problems. However upon hearing that Mayweather balked. Why? Unfortunately Floyd was not available to comment.
“In a way WADA is a father of USADA,” pondered Big Steve while swallowing a deep fried potato ball:” Must be the same dynamic as in Mayweather family: a son does not respect or trust his father.”
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