22 November 2011

MLB applauded by WADA for HGH testing agreement

Statement from WADA President John Fahey:

WADA applauds MLB and its players’ union on the ground-breaking announcement that it will be testing players for human growth hormone (hGH) from next season onwards.

MLB has shown leadership by becoming the first of the major professional sports in North America to accept that it needs to protect both its athletes and its sport by introducing hGH testing.

In terms of individual substances, WADA recognizes hGH as one of the major challenges faced by the anti-doping community at present and continues to work with its stakeholders to address the issue.

The MLBs announcement will help enhance these efforts significantly. We need as much blood sampling conducted for hGH as possible and MLB has set an example for the other major sports to follow.