Covid-19: Three games called off for review of Olympic doping protocols

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Covid-19: Three games called off for review of Olympic doping protocols

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — For the first time since the Olympics began, some Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and American Football League games were cancelled Saturday because of a review of the doping protocol by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Anti-Doping Agency was scheduled to review the protocols that FIFA uses to test player samples, which controls for the presence of Covid-19, the steroid it is keeping an eye on during the Olympics in Rio.

The review mandated one day of off-ice talks between WADA and its different sports members and then a two-day hearing involving 90 witnesses in Geneva, Switzerland, NBC Sports reported.

“The process followed by WADA is unfortunate and repetitive,” Craig Reedie, the head of the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission, said. “It’s not fair for athletes and it’s not fair for sports.”

FIFA allows for samples to be studied and then given back to the athlete or agency that gave them, meaning there’s been at least three of these reviews in as many years, NBC Sports reported.

The game being called off Saturday was between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. Other games were postponed or rained out Saturday:

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