Mark Spitz, who won seven swimming gold medals at the 1972 Olympics, criticized the International Olympic Committee yesterday for failing to introduce tests for all banned drugs because of pressure from countries such as China.
Spitz was speaking at a ceremony to name a street in his honor at the Sydney athletes' village.
Spitz brought controversy to the occasion by saying the IOC erred in failing to introduce blood testing for substances such as human growth hormone and erythropoietin (EPO). The IOC has said it would introduce blood testing only if a 100 percent reliable test is discovered.
"The IOC has the capacity and the power and the might and the knowledge and the technology to test for a plethora of drugs that they refuse to test for because of the pressures from Eastern bloc nations and China," said Spitz, an adviser to U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's reform commission set up in the wake of the Salt Lake City bribery scandals. "If in fact they take the whole list, they are capable of testing. These countries would not pass the test--it's as pure and simple as that."
Mays's Father Dies
Willie Mays Sr., the father of the Hall of Fame outfielder, died after a brief illness. He was 89.
Mays, a retired steelworker and railroad porter, died Friday at Sequoia Hospital in California.
The elder Mays was a versatile athlete and passed his love of baseball on to his son, who played for the Giants in New York and San Francisco, and later the Mets.
Fontes Denied Pay
Former Detroit Lions coach Wayne Fontes has been denied worker disability compensation for injuries he traced to being knocked down on the sidelines during a game, according to a published report.
In a decision to be released today, a magistrate said he didn't believe the coach or his witnesses, the Oakland Press reported.
In a copy of the decision obtained by the newspaper, magistrate John Hurbis wrote, "Fontes has failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he has a disability, which arose out of, and in the course of, his employment with the Detroit Lions."
Fontes, fired following the 1996 season by team owner William Clay Ford, filed a claim for disability benefits last year, saying he has been unable to resume coaching. . . .
Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said he has never threatened to move the franchise to another city if the public refuses to help him build a new stadium.
McCombs issued a brief statement after a report in yesterday's Star Tribune that he was prepared to move the team if necessary. In remarks Tuesday morning to business leaders, McCombs was quoted as saying, "We need a stadium right now, or the Vikings won't be here five years from now."
McCombs's statement yesterday read, in part: "I have never mentioned at any time to anyone moving the Minnesota Vikings. . . . I have never mentioned to anyone at any time the issue of breaking the lease on the Metrodome."
McCombs's statement did not dispute the Star Tribune story nor say he had been misquoted. An assistant said the owner was traveling to New York and was not available to comment.
Griffith Is MVP
Yolanda Griffith of the Sacramento Monarchs completed a triple sweep by being selected the WNBA's most valuable player.
The former ABL star earlier won the newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year awards.
Griffith beat out Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets in the voting for the MVP award.
She received 397 points and 23 first-place votes. Swoopes got 364 points and 15 first-place votes. Swoopes's Houston teammate Cynthia Cooper, a two-time WNBA MVP, got 324 points and 13 first-place votes.
Griffith had league-best averages of 11.3 rebounds and 2.52 steals and also finished second in scoring (18.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.541). . . .
The WNBA fined Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie $500 for shoving Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson at the end of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Thompson was fined $300 for taunting Leslie before and after the incident.
Roy Myers scored in the second and 58th minutes as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the visiting San Jose Clash, 3-1, in Major League Soccer.