A July 8 Sports article incorrectly said that Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) expected legislation on steroids in high school and college athletics to pass during the current session of Congress. Davis said he expects legislation on steroid testing in major professional sports and possibly minor professional sports and NCAA Division I and II sports to pass this session. (Published 7/14/2005)
The House committee investigating steroid use in baseball held a roundtable meeting yesterday on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to reduce steroid abuse among teenage athletes, the first in a series of meetings to be held across the country.
American University men's basketball coach Jeff Jones, one of the attendees, described the roundtable as a calm exchange between representatives who expressed optimism.
"It's not just what we accomplished today," Jones said, "but if we're in a better position down the road, then coming in here I think is a good thing."
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), the Government Reform Committee chairman, closed the meeting to reporters.
"We just wanted to get acquainted with each other," Davis said. "It's the first time we've gotten in, and I'd like to have a little control over the first meeting."
Representatives from sports leagues and drug prevention agencies participated along with high school and college athletic officials. Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro participated via conference call.
Davis said the topics addressed included whether U.S. sports leagues should adopt a unified testing policy and the best ways to educating young athletes about the dangers of steroid use.
The roundtable's goal is to produce recommendations on steroid legislation; Davis said he was confident that new legislation for high school and college sports would pass by the end of the Congressional session.
-- Walter Gabriel