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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 22:44 GMT 23:44 UK
PGA Tour defends new drug policy
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem
Finchem says Wada are now happy with the new policy
American golf adminstrators have defended their new drugs policy after criticism from the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Wada chief Dick Pound was critical of the sport for introducing its own list of banned substances.

But PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said: "We have stated the reasons why we did not include two categories of substances that are on the Wada list.

"We met Wada officials and they seemed comfortable with our direction."

Golf's new policy of banned substances and a method for each organisation to test for them will come into effect in 2008.

But the sport stopped short of adopting Wada's list of banned substances.

606: DEBATE

Following a World Golf Foundation board meeting at the Presidents Cup, Finchem explained the reasons for the difference of opinion.

He added: "The two main reasons are they are substances which are very common in the marketplace and that as a consequence create significant administrative burdens with granting therapeutic use permits or exemptions.

"They are also questionable in terms of their impact from a performance-enhancing standpoint.

"(Wada) are not objecting in any significant way to the exclusion of those two areas of substances."

The dispute has also thrown up another roadblock in amateur golf's long-term goal of one day returning to the Olympic programme.

Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said the Olympics was not a top priority on the World Golf Foundation agenda but conceded that without a robust anti-doping policy there was no chance of golf again becoming part of the Games.

"It (returning to the Olympic Games) is a constant dialogue but it's not high on the list of priorities at the moment," said Dawson.

"But one thing is certain, if you don't have a drug policy you're not even at the base point."

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