IOC Criticizes McGwire Over Andro
NEW YORK (AP) _ Baseball’s home-run king came in for more criticism from a top Olympics official Thursday for his use of a strength-building supplement considered a banned drug by other sports bodies.
Things would be different if Mark McGwire flunked a drug test for using Androstendione at the Summer Games, IOC vice president Dick Pound said.
``If that had happened at the Olympic Games, there would have been a huge uproar,″ Pound said in a conference call with reporters. ``But in professional sports, it doesn’t seem to have mattered at all.″
McGwire openly used ``andro″ last summer as he hit a record-shattering 70 home runs. The substance is banned by the Olympics, the NFL and the NCAA but allowed by Major League Baseball.
Last week, at a world summit on drugs in sports, Pound criticized baseball for allowing McGwire to become a ``souped-up″ hero.