Mendoza: Donaire’s new spin: Random testing is for all

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Saturday, January 5, 2013


IT would seem that Nonito Donaire Jr. isn’t only a good model for aspiring boxers, discipline-wise. He could also yet turn out to be the ambassador for clean fighting, doping-wise.

Following Donaire’s latest triumph of being named “Fighter of The Year” by both ESPN and Ring/TV.com, he also gained worldwide acclaim by advocating for random drug testing.

The internet is filled with news about Donaire’s wish for all boxers to adopt the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) system, with Marc Anthony Reyes of the Inquirer, who is the closest Filipino sportswriter to the “Filipino Flash,” quoting Donaire as saying, “Random is good.”

It is said that the Vada system being used by Donaire is much superior to the Olympic style of drug testing.

The issue of doping came to the fore anew only very recently when Juan Manuel Marquez sort of shocked the boxing world with a new-found physique of bulging muscles and expanded wingspan—a fact that, to some pundits in the sport, might have something to do with performance-enhancing drugs.

In fact, shouts were deafening before Marquez fought Manny Pacquiao that the Mexican even got shots of banned synthetic testosterone into his system to build up extra resistance on fight night.

The yelling received some credence when it was exposed that Memo Heredia was hired by Marquez as his new strength and conditioning coach—Heredia being the confirmed supplier of banned performance-enhancing drugs to Olympics heroes Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery in the 2000 Sydney Games.

Heredia escaped conviction and a stint behind prison bars when he turned state witness, pinning down Jones and Montgomery in the process.

With Heredia in Marquez’s camp, Pacquiao was knocked out cold in the sixth.

Ironically, Donaire’s nutritionist, Victor Conte, was himself convicted of supplying drugs to athletes. But he is now deep into cleaning the sport of banned substances as part of his atonement.

“We can help clean boxing’s reputation,” said Donaire. “If they want me to fight them, then I have to request them to fight fair.”

Random testing is the key.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 06, 2013.

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