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The Michgan Daily - Tuesday, uly24, 1984 - aid f15
OLYMPIC ROUNDUP
Officials shoot or drug-free Games

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The message to Olympic
athletes, says the medical director of the Olympic
Organizing Committee, should be loud and clear:
"Don't come and try to test our system."
The system is the most sophisticated in the history
of the Games for the testing and detection of drugs,.
Dr. Anthony Daly said yesterday.
"WHAT WE want is a drug-free Olympics, where
everyone competes to the best of their owrr natural
ability," he said.
The athletes have good reason to heed Daly's war-
ning. A year ago, at the Pan American Games in
Caracas, Venezuela, they were cautioned beforehand
that new drug-detecting techniques would be used -
a caution ignored by some.
As a result, 15 athletes, including U.S. weightlifter
Jeff Michaels, were found to have taken banned sub-
stances and 21 medals were taken away, some from
multiple winners. Several other U.S. athletes retur-

ned home before competing, although they never said
their departure had anything to do with the drug
testing.
"WE HOPE that because )f Caracas the athletes
now know we have the sophisticated equipment that
can pick up the drugs and that deciding, "Well, I'll
stop taking this a couple of days before I compete or a
couple of weeks before won't work any more," Daly
said at a news briefing.
"There are enough substitutes for the athletes to
take that are not on the banned list. They do not have to
go without proper medicaLon. The purpose of all this
testing is to protect the atu!etes from themselves to
keep them from taking dangerous drugs and to
prevent other athletes from trying to gain an unfair
advantage."
Another health concern is Los Angeles' famous
smog, the greenish, brownish haze that often
blankets the inland areas of the city and generally is

at its worst from noon to 4 p.m.
THE SMOG is most likely to affect the endurance
events, Daly said. For that reason, the women's
marathon will begin at 8 a.m. and the men's
marathon at 5:15 p.m. And, rather than starting and
ending at the downtown Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum - traditionally the marathon begins and
ends at the main stadium - each will start near the
beach in Santa Monica.
"Keep in mind," Daly said, "that the two worst
smog cities in the world are Tokyo and Mexico City.
Both of these places have held Olympics without
problems. If you want to think of a worst-case
scenario, it should have been Mexico City with smog
and its 7,000-foot altitude.
"They had no problems, not at the Olympics in
1968, not at the Pan-American Games in 1975. So we
don't feel the smog will have an adverse affect on the
athletes' health or on their performance."

Olympic participation
may become mandatory

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Inter-
national Olympic Committee moved
yesterday toward making participation
in future Olympic Games compulsary
for all member nations, but postponed a
decision on how to enforce the new rule.
The requirement could be in effect in
time for the 1988 Games in Seoul, South
Korea. The Soviet Union and its allies
will not participate at Los Angeles and
have also threatened to boycott the
Seoul Games.
THE IOC'S nine member executive
board unanimously approved in prin-
ciple Monday a change in the Olympic
rules under which national Olympic
committees would be penalized for
failing to participate in future Olympic
Summer Games.
The Winter Games presumably
would not be affected by the new rule.
The Summer and Winter Games are
held in the same year every four years.
The principle of compulsory par-
ticipation was expected to be ratified by
a full session of the 88 member IOC
beginning Tuesday in Los Angeles un-
der the chairmanship of IOC President
Juan Antonio Samaranch.

UNDER THE proposal, the IOC
would devote part of its large,
television funded resources to subsidize
teams from poorer countries so that
compulsory Olympic, participation
would not be a financial burden for
them. The Olympics at present com-
prise 154 nations, and several recently
independent small nations are awaiting
admission.
IOC Director Monique Berlioux said
several proposals on how to penalize a
boycotting nation were submitted to a
three-day session of the executive
board.
"There are not many things we can
do," Berlioux told reporters. "Suspen-
sion from subsequent Games is about
the only measure we can adopt, but
everything depends on the length of
such a suspension.
Other IOC officials said there was an
informal consensus among executive
board members that a future boycot-
ting nation should be suspended for at
least two subsequent Olympics, effec-
tively excluding an offending nation
from the Olympic movement for eight
years.

dB's are big leaguers

(Continuedfrom Page 14)
(The crowd, which has thinned
out after the second inning, chants
the dB's' name. In no time, the die-
hard fans are rewarded by the ap-
pearance of Peter Holsapple, Will
Rigby, Gene Holder, and bassman
Wagner, who launch into
"Neverland'" from their second
album, Repercussion. Filled with ex-
citement at having made it to the
mound again, Holsapple proceeds
to bust all existing records in the
string-breaking category by snap-
ping five in rapid-fire succession.
The crowd screams its frenzied ap-
proval.)
(Sweat apour, the dB's play a
good assortment of tunes from their
forthcoming LP, Like This, a
highlight-of-which is the first single,
"Love Is For Lovers." The new
material is rockier than expected,
and sprinkled generously with some

truly-tripleted guitar solos. The fans
are so overcome that they storm the
field and dance. At inning's end, the
team returns to play their hom-
mages to Top 40 - Lionel Richie's
"All Night Long," and Elvis
Presley's "Suspicious Mind." As
they exit, the dwindled crowd cheers
their heroes.)
George: I think my ears are going to
bleed for weeks after that.
Al: An inspired inning of baseball....
George: Three inspired innings of
baseball! With some good playing in
each case.
Al: Well, we're a tad overtime, so I
think it's time to go. George -
George: Al-
Al: We'll be comin' back atcha with
more baseball fun at a later date. 10-4,
good buddies!
George: For Al Battery, this is
George Swell saying, "Have a good
day."

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