The World Anti-Doping Agency's guidelines call for a two-year ban for an athletes first drug offense. Soccer became the latest sport to adopt the WADA's guidelines yesterday, overcoming FIFA's fears that the code was too rigid. Of course, the fact that the IOC has threatened that any sport which fails to adopt the guidelines with expulsion from the Olympic Games might have something to do with it as well. Soccer might be the world's most popular sport, but it still needs the Olympic showcase.

This leaves cycling, a sport that has been plagued by drug scandals over the past ten years, as the only major sport not to adopt the guidelines. It will be interesting to see how that fight goes down.

AuthorMark McClusky