Plan talks on AIDS testingThe NBA and NHL plan...

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December 04, 1991

NBA, NHL plan talks on AIDS testing

The NBA and NHL plan discussions this week on how to handle testing for the AIDS virus.

The NBA was to meet last night in New York City with the players association in what a league spokesman termed "a planning session" on AIDS testing and the possible ramifications of the disease for the league.

An NHL official said in Montreal that AIDS would probably be discussed at a meeting of the league's Board of Governors, which starts tomorrow in Palm Beach, Fla.

Gary Meagher, the league's communications director, said the NHL had no particular AIDS prevention program "but if a player comes to us for help, we'll do everything we can."

That statement came in the wake of a revelation by a Montreal AIDS specialist that a women he treated told him before she died of the disease two years ago that she had had sex with about 50 NHL players.

No NHL player has thus far announced he is HIV positive, but Dr. Clement Olivier, who made the disclosure Monday during a seminar on AIDS, said the ease with which athletes can have intimate relations with a variety of people puts them in a high-risk group.

Serge Savard, general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, said he would recommend the team's players be tested for the HIV virus.

"We're going to strongly suggest they take the test even though we can't force them to," Savard said.

Olympics

Robert Helmick, accused of violating ethical rules while serving as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is under pressure to resign from the International Olympic Committee.

With the case set to go before the IOC Executive Board today, there is a feeling among IOC officials that Helmick should step down or be removed.

"We should treat this the same way as the Ben Johnson case," said one IOC source, referring to the Canadian Olympic sprinter who was suspended in 1988 for using steroids.

"Rules have been broken and we should apply the rules," the official said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It's a matter of credibility. One person can tarnish the image of the whole organization."

Helmick has been a member of the IOC, a lifetime position, since 1985. He has also been on the powerful IOC Executive Board since 1989.

High schools

Vaughn Jones' 24 points led DeMatha over visiting Cardinal Gibbons, 81-56, yesterday in the season opener for both basketball teams. Quintin Moody led Gibbons with a game-high 26 points.

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