Now with this year’s NBA season to start soon still there are no resolutions passed on the HGH testing issue. There are no signs that the union and players association to get into an agreement over the issue at all. With David Stern is optimistic that there is will be something done before the 2013-14 tournament, hopes are still very few.
With a correspondent making statement on CBSSports.com about this month’s official meet of the NBPA and league that, “Nothing is anywhere near being agreed to.” This is not the outcome that the sports lovers were expecting form the meet. With these kinds of statements it is not at all surprising that the HGH testing policies being agreed by the NFL and Payers Association in August is not being implemented. This matter is a concern as 2013-14 is round the corner and there is no disciplinary procedure agreed between the two sides.
As per the earlier decisions taken in August it was decided that the blood sample of the players will be taken during the training camp. This is supposed to be done to decide the threshold for the positive HGH testing of the players and further procedures. However because of disputes between the NFL and NFLPA which are going on over the authority of the cases which will be positive and their ruling, the blood samples were not collected ever.
MLB also implemented the HGH testing program in this season’s play. After the results 13 players of the league were suspended in August this year and every one of them were suspended for 50 matches except Alex Rodriguez of Yankees’ as he was banned for 211 games. There is a panel of experts being setup by NBA and NBPA collectively to discuss over the issues of HGH testing. The discussion will involve topics like reliability of the tests, threshold for positive test and disciplinary procedures.
Biological passport was to be implemented for testing doping in athletes is still a far off issue owing to anti-drug agreement talks being priority of NBA. The anti-drug program is maintained by NBA since 1983 and till now it has listed around 160 doping substances.
The talks for the implementation of HGH testing year is going nowhere as there are no signs that the two sides are agreeing on any terms soon. Earlier Stern has said that HGH testing will be in place for 2013-14 season. However Ron Klempner, interim executive director of NBPA later stated on CBSSports.com that with no permanent alternative for Billy Hunter, the ousted executive director HGH talks with the league are impending.
Whatever may be the talks surfacing but there is no substantial proof for the implementation of HGH testing of players soon.