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IOC Criticizes McGwire Over Andro

February 12, 1999

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.

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