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World Amateur Testing Comes Back Negative

FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Golf passed its first drug test when the results from 12 players at the World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa came back clean, the U.S. Golf Association said Wednesday.
We thought very strongly that would be the result, but its nice when its confirmed, USGA spokesman Marty Parkes said.
The International Golf Federation, run jointly by the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, conducted the test last month in accordance with the federations Anti-Doping Policy. The IGF randomly selected six players from the womens and mens competition, and the tests were conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport.
The USGA said all samples were negative for substances on the World Anti-Doping Associations prohibited list.
The IGF was the first golf organization to conduct a drug test. The LPGA Tour announced two weeks ago that it would begin drug testing in 2008, although it has not formulated a policy. The PGA TOUR said its policy board has approved creating a list of banned substances, the first step in deciding whether to test its players.
The World Amateur Team Championship is the only tournament run by the IGF, which is recognized by the International Olympics Committee should golf ever be approved for the Olympics.
Parkes said the USGA did not plan drug testing at any of its 13 national championships.
Im sure it will continue on the IGF, he said. Its something well look at. Right now, were keeping our eyes on things and seeing what other groups are doing.
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