Anti-dop­ing cru­sader dies at 78

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

Gary Wadler, one of the strong­est voices in the fight against per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs in sports, has died. He was 78.

Wadler’s wife told The New York Times that her hus­band died of mul­ti­ple sys­tem at­ro­phy, a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der.

Wadler tes­ti­fied in front of Congress in the 1990s about the way dop­ing was un­der­cut­ting the Olympics and threat­en­ing the health of elite ath­letes and, po­ten­tially, those who tried to em­u­late them.

He chaired the World An­tiDop­ing Agency com­mit­tee that con­sid­ers which sub­stances should be banned in sports, and was a lead­ing critic of the way Amer­i­can sports leagues.

“He was an early pi­o­neer in the ef­fort to pro­tect the health and safety of ath­letes, and he’ll be missed,” said Travis Ty­gart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency.

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