US LPGA plans dope tests

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

The US LPGA Tour will test players for banned substances in 2008, making it the first major golf tour to announce a drug-testing program.

US LPGA plans dope tests
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West Palm Beach, Florida:

The US LPGA Tour will test players for banned substances in 2008, making it the first major golf tour to announce a drug-testing program. Specifics of the testing plan will be worked up over the next six to nine months, US LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens said on Wednesday. The tour plans to announce the program details, including testing methods and banned substances, in the second half of the 2007 season. "While we have no evidence to date that any of our players are using performance-enhancing drugs, we need to have a very clear policy and a program in place," Bivens said. "We want to take a proactive role." The European Tour is working on a policy that chief executive George O'Grady said will be effective "in the near future". The American men's tour released a statement on Wednesday afternoon that its board this week authorised the tour to develop a list of prohibited substances, and to create an education program that would inform players about banned substances; how they might get into the body; the health risks; the nature of any potential testing and possible penalties. Some players, including world No. 1 Tiger Woods, have said there should be drug testing. Players at last month's world amateur team championships in South Africa were tested. The US LPGA will work to develop the new policy with the US National Center for Drug Free Sport, which also manages testing programs for US colleges and other organisations. (AP)

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