MONTREAL, Canada, October 3. VARSITY athletes who compete under the umbrella of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) will be required to take an online course that educates them about doping. Collegiate athletes in Canada formerly were educated about the doping-control program through a seminar program, but now will have to take a class through the Internet. Athletes are expected to be better educated through the new program.
The CIS, which governs college athletics in Canada, conducts drug tests on athletes to guarantee they are not violating the codes of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The tests are random, with only four percent of athletes being subjected. Canadian Dick Pound, the outgoing head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, would like to see the tests increased to the point where they are not random. Under the current format, four-percent testing does not leave a good chance of being selected.
Testing for doping violations has been utilized by the CIS for 17 years, with steroids and marijuana the most common violations. The CIS provides the opportunity, as is the case with WADA, for athletes to check whether any of the medications they are considering taking contain banned substances.