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LPGA Tour releases list of banned substances

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- The LPGA Tour released the
list of substances it will ban when it begins drug testing next
year.

The tour said Wednesday that it will test for 33 anabolic
steroids, 29 stimulants and 20 beta-blockers, among other
substances. The list is not as comprehensive as the World
Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list, but LPGA Tour general counsel
Jill Pilgrim said the tour wanted to target drugs that would
enhance golf performance.

"The easiest thing would have been to just go ahead and take
the WADA list of prohibited substances that the Olympics use,"
said Pilgrim, who held the same position with USA Track & Field.
"We thought about that and decided that in golf in general, and
women's golf in particular, there's no sense that there's a problem
per se.

"To me, you have to be responsible about developing a program.
You don't just throw everything at the wall and say, 'OK, we're
going to ruin your career for testing positive even though we have
no proof that it has any impact on the sport.' That wouldn't make
sense."

The tour will not test for HGH, which is on WADA's banned list
and has become the latest drug of choice among athletes in other
sports. Pilgrim said the tour did not ban HGH because "we don't
have any evidence that HGH is a problem in women's professional
golf.

"It was easier to say, 'Let's leave that off for the first
round and let's see where we end up after we start doing some drug
testing,"' Pilgrim said.

Tour officials developed the list after consulting with the
National Center for Drug Free Sport in Kansas City, which handles
testing for the NCAA.

"It's not written in stone," Pilgrim said. "We know that the
list will evolve over time."

Officials presented the list to players at a meeting Tuesday
night. Annika Sorenstam, a member of the tour's drug-testing
subcommittee, said she hadn't heard of most of the banned
substances.

"I'm not very familiar with any of those substances, and I
don't really know what they are other than caffeine [which is not
banned] and cocaine, I think," she said. "I have a lot of
learning to do. But I think it's an important statement that we're
making.

"It's a new era for the LPGA," Sorenstam said. "We're
standing behind it."