Copyright 2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
June 15, 2000, Thursday, FIVE STAR LIFT EDITION
SECTION: NEWS, Pg. A8
LENGTH: 392 words
HEADLINE: U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE DRUG-CONTROL CHIEF RESIGNS; OFFICIALS ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP ATHLETES FROM CHEATING, HE SAYS
BYLINE: Andrew A. Skolnick; Special To The Post-Dispatch
Just three months before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia,
the U.S. Olympic Committee's drug chief has resigned - accusing the
organization of not doing enough to stop athletes from using drugs to
Citing interference with his
drug-control efforts and political pressure from his bosses, Dr. Wade
Exum, the chief of the committee's drug-control program, quit in
protest after nine years in the job.
committee's actions can only be "interpreted as encouraging the doping
of athletes without considering the consequences to their health," Exum
Exum, 51, resigned on June 5,
after months of internal battles. "The increasingly hostile, racist,
threatening, jeopardy-laden and intolerable conditions imposed by this
organization has made it unbearable for me to remain," Exum wrote to
colleagues in an e-mail last week.
Exum is one of the U.S. Olympic Committee's highest-ranking black staff members.
a statement released Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee denied
Exum's accusations and called them "patently false." Committee
officials said they would not comment further until they review Exum's
resignation and performance.
resignation may not mean much to the long-term future of the Olympic
committee's drug-control efforts, because his responsibilities were
going to be taken over on Oct. 1 by a new organization, the U.S.
Following a series of
scandals involving athletes caught using performance boosting drugs,
both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee
have taken steps to restore confidence in their efforts to prevent
doping by their athletes. Both Olympic committees have established what
they say are independent agencies to administer their drug-control
The new U.S. agency will create
a system that athletes and the public can trust to provide "clean"
athletes a level playing field, U.S. Olympic officials say.
Exum calls the relationship between the new agency and the Olympic
committee "incestuous" and at least some other anti-doping authorities
are questioning whether the new agency will be truly independent.
anti-doping agency recently appointed Terry Madden as its chief
executive. Prior to this appointment, Madden was chief of staff for
U.S. Olympic Committee President Bill Hybl.