The chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Francisco Aguilar, recently spoke with Bloodyelbow about the state of random drug testing.
“If you look at the last nine months, the progression we’ve made in our drug testing program has been substantial. But, are we to a point where we are comfortable? No. There’s a lot more we need to do, and can do, and will do.”
“We have to be smart about how we do this. We can’t just develop a drug testing program just to have a drug testing program,” Aguilar said. “There has to be some logic and methodology behind the program, and we will get there, but we’ve had this little bit of a hiccup of not having an executive director. Once we get an executive director in place this is going to be a high priority for the commission. It takes consultation of the doctors, the commissioners, the executive director and some of the past fighters to say, ‘hey, this is a strong program, this is how it needs to work.'”
“It’s going to take some time for us as a commission to force the issue, and we will continue to do that. You’ve seen our enhanced testing during major bouts that we’ve done with blood and urine, you look at the decision we made with TRT, now we have to look at what we’re going to do as a program as a whole.”
What do you guys think about this? It sounds like a step in the right direction.