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Saturday, December 24, 2011

No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman and Ryan Connolly Introduce VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, the president and board chairman of, and Ryan Connolly, the chief legal counsel of, VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
VADA, which is just beginning its activities, was set up as an independent organization that will offer and promote effective anti-doping practices and programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. By providing more comprehensive testing than the various athletic commissions, and enlisting athletes to participate in its programs on a voluntary basis, VADA will create an opportunity for these athletes to demonstrate their commitment to clean sport.
We spoke with Dr. Margaret Goodman and Ryan Connolly by phone on Friday about VADA. They explained why this new organization is necessary in the fight against doping, what it will do, and how it will do it. They discussed the first major fight which will have VADA testing, the rematch between the two former welterweight boxing champions, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, scheduled for February 11, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also reiterated why the substances which are banned pose major health risks. And they also commented on the attitude towards VADA from many athletes, the media, and various promoters, and much, much more.
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