QUOTE (Hops @ Jul 14 2011, 08:16 AM)
I think this is a good thing. We now know that Ben is reading our posts and, instead of getting pissed off, he tries to direct the questions to proper authorities. Although I can think of Ben getting pissed off that's why he's asking the proper authorities. Either case, a good thing.
Having said that, i think USADA is the agency when fighters are in the US. Perhaps Ben can shed light on the matter. There are other WADA accredited organizations in other countries?
As for the laboratories, WADA accredits them, not USADA. And there are only a few of them. There is no WADA accredited laboratory in the Philippines. So, Pac's samples has to be flown off to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea etc. or directly to the USA. With the right person carrying them. So Floyd can shoulder the costs of giving that person some nice "vacations" in the Philippines.
Then, if Pac tested positive, the USADA still won't be able to decide what to do. NSAC will still have the final say?
In this case, I believe there is no need for middle tiers like USADA. In the olympics, USADA is mandatory for athletes in the US. But in professional boxing, this isn't the case.
Bobby now wants the fight (because Pac is gonna retire soon and doesn't protect a zero in his record). He just doesn't want to get blamed for the fighting getting stalled in the first place.
Hmm, I think it's either you want OSDT as codified by WADA, or you don't. USADA is NOT middle tier, it's the body mandated in the case of the US by WADA to implement the code while working with WADA-accredited labs. It would have to be that way for this professional boxing event since both sides in the competition reportedly now want to implement WADA code. Therefore, it is not correct - even cheeky - to say "but in professional boxing, this isn't the case." That's just providing an excuse, tbh.