Doping nasal spray alleged in E. Germany
Experts in former East Germany developed a doping nasal spray before the 1988 Olympics that was virtually undetectable, a leading swimmer alleged yesterday.
Raik Hannemann, who on Monday admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs, said the spray had the same effect as anabolic steroids and traces of its use would disappear after three days.
Hannemann and other athletes yesterday accused former East German sports chiefs of developing a perfect, systematic doping program and of offering hard currency as an incentive for taking drugs.
The growing doping scandal is shaking sports in united Germany.
A newspaper in former East Germany suggested a "general international amnesty" for all athletes, to be followed by tougher controls and stiffer penalties for drug offenders.
Hannemann, writing in a bylined article for the Berliner Kurier am Abend newspaper, said the nasal spray was developed by East German sports doctors.
"This spray will make you unbeatable at the Olympics," Hannemann quoted the doctors as telling athletes. He said the doctors made it possible "that we never had any fear of [doping] controls."
Taking drugs, Hannemann wrote yesterday, "was an obligation. A weapon in the class struggle. And many even believed it."
Andre Agassi, who pulled out of the Grand Slam Cup tennis tournament and then changed his mind after being threatened with a lawsuit, has withdrawn again due to injury, his agent reported.
Agassi defaulted against Darren Cahill during a reverse singles match on Sunday after the United States already had a winning 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against Australia.
His injury was initially described as a torn muscle under the breastbone, but his agent said it had since been diagnosed as torn cartilage in the chest.
Bob Kain of International Management Group which represents Agassi said the flamboyant U.S. and French Open runner-up had been forced to pull out of a couple of exhibitions in Europe as well as the Grand Slam Cup.
NB Agassi is expected to be out of action for three to six weeks.
Alfred Williams, the defensive leader for top-ranked Colorado, won the Butkus Award yesterday as the nation's top linebacker.
Williams, a 6-foot-6, 236-pound senior from Houston, had 86 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks this season. He also recovered a fumble, blocked a field goal and broke up five passes for the Buffaloes (10-1-1), who will play Notre Dame in the Federal Express Orange Bowl.
Williams edged Illinois' Darrick Brownlow.
* The Department of Education warned Sunkist Fiesta Bowl officials yesterday that their offer of $100,000 minority scholarships to schools that play in the Arizona college bowl game could violate civil rights laws.
Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Michael Williams said the offer, made after protests over the state's failure to enact a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., may lead to discriminatory financial aid at the participating schools.
The Fiesta Bowl made the offer after state voters' rejection of a holiday honoring King. Louisville and Alabama accepted bids to the New Year's Day bowl game in Tempe, Ariz., despite protests at both schools.
Twenty colleges from Pennsylvania to North Carolina have formed a new lacrosse league, called the National Collegiate Club Lacrosse League, which will begin play next spring.
The University of Maryland is the only state school in the league, but Loyola College is a possibility according to commissioner Scott Frederick.
Other schools in the league, which is composed of club teams from four-year colleges, are Shippensburg, Millersville, Liberty, Virginia, Bloomsburg, Richmond, Messiah, James Madison, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, William & Mary, East Carolina, Bucknell, Georgetown, George Mason, Moravian and Howard University.
Players in the league must be full-time students at the schools they play for and cannot have experience in Division I or Division III collegiate programs.