The Guardian interviews Dick Pound

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
November 13th, 2003 • 3:44 am

UK newspaper The Guardian has a candid interview with Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

It contains refreshing views on the doping issue in soccer/football (with the current scandal involving Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand) and what he calls “entertainment sports” in the US:

People there don’t seem to care that someone who weighs 300lb in the NFL didn’t get that way by eating porridge. There is an extraordinary capacity for doublethink in the US. They delight in pointing the finger at everyone else and do not acknowledge there is a US problem.”

Doping is the major issue in sports today and neither football nor American sports are in any way justified in trying to get to be treated differently from the rest.

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