Advertisement
Advertisement

VADA Reps Shake Heads At Ariza's False Accusations

By Jake Donovan

You’d be hard pressed to find a happier soul on the planet than Dr. Margaret Goodman on the day that Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios were on board to allow the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) to conduct random drug testing throughout training for their upcoming November 24 showdown in Macau.

“VADA is of course thrilled to have Mr. Pacquiao and Mr. Rios support clean sport through their involvement in PED testing,” Dr. Goodman said back in May when both fighters enrolled in the program.

Just short of a month away from the fight, the founder of VADA is fuming mad over false allegations made by strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

A former member of Pacquiao’s team, Ariza is now working with Rios to prepare the California-based brawler for next month’s super fight. He managed to find enough time to speak to Boxingscene.com’s own Edward Chaykovsky, claiming “VADA just confirmed they have yet to test Manny Pacquiao and have NO plans to test him until (arriving in) China.”

In the same article, Ariza claims to not be suspicious of his former client, but insists that Rios is being held to a higher standard in regards to current testing. An excuse was erroneously afforded by Mr. Chaykovsky that location could be an issue (Pacquiao is currently training in the Philippines).

Dr. Goodman was more than happy to clear the air on the subject, even while understandably troubled over unsubstantiated claims made against her organization.

“VADA is easily able to test athletes internationally,” Goodman confirmed. “We readily tested Mr. Khan in the Philippines when he was training at the same camp as Mr. Pacquiao. So, from a logistic standpoint, there isn’t an issue.”

Where there is an issue, is with her organization being dragged through the mud without facts to support such claims.

"That is a blatantly false and unsubstantiated story. Pacquiao and Rios have been tested by VADA, and any further information should be obtained from the fighters' respective camps, Top Rank, and the commission in Macau, China.”

The bout with Rios marks the first time that Pacquiao has agreed to unconditional random drug testing for any prize fight. Rios’ involvement in the program puts him deeper in company with training and managerial stable mate Nonito Donaire, who was the first fighter to enroll in VADA’s program on a year-round basis, regardless of whether or not he had a fight scheduled.

“Any athlete willing to participate in an unannounced random PED testing program will greatly improve safety for the participants and set an example for others,” Dr. Goodman says on the subject. “So little is understood by many regarding PEDS, that publicly demonstrating this type of commitment by the fighters and Top Rank is what our organization is all about.”

Pacquiao and Rios have been eligible for testing as of September 12, the date on which both fighters were enrolled into the program.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DannYankee on 10-24-2013

[QUOTE=.Mexico.;13869425]people act like Ariza made this up, this is what Vada own People said when they came to test Brandon Rios. [/QUOTE] Maybe as in the woman collecting the piss doesn't fking know cause that…

Comment by rckdees on 10-24-2013

ask their camps????.....???? and if that doesn't satisfy you, you can always ask amir khan.

Comment by JustinFloyd on 10-24-2013

[QUOTE=.Mexico.;13869425]people act like Ariza made this up, this is what Vada own People said when they came to test Brandon Rios. [/QUOTE] That VADA girl have a voice of a MAN! lol! those words obviously…

Comment by .Mexico. on 10-24-2013

people act like Ariza made this up, this is what Vada own People said when they came to test Brandon Rios.

Comment by Ray* on 10-24-2013

Am so glad this has been shut down, whoever gave this guy a platform to spill out rubbish disappoints me.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (92)
Top Headlines Guillermo Rigondeaux Wants To Excite in Liverpool, Says Diaz Haye Says The Klitschko Era is Over, Tabs Fury For Repeat Win Austin Trout Willing To Travel, Face Liam Smith in The UK Tyson Fury Hopes Wladimir Klitschko Rematch is Set 'ASAP' Hatton: Canelo Will Be Too Strong and Powerful For Amir Khan Francisco Vargas: Salido Would Be High Risk, a Good Challenge Povetkin: After Wilder I'm Open To Fury, Martin and Klitschko Lucian Bute, Alvarez, Beterbiev Tripleheader on April 2nd? Khan: People Thought De La Hoya Would Destroy Pacquiao Wanheng Menayothin Defends WBC Strap on March 2nd Artur Beterbiev Eyes Ring Return in March or April Pedro Guevara Faces Jether Oliva on February 20 in Sinaloa McGuigan: Khan is Very Ballsy, Canelo Walks Around at 200 Sam O'Maison Stole The Show With Big Knockout Over Hardy Cortez Feels Canelo-Golovkin is More Likely For 2017 Showtime Championship Boxing 30: Hopes for the Year Ahead Tyson Fury Hopes To Head Up New Heavyweight Era Amir Khan Admits Canelo's Size Initially Concerned Him Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev, Golovkin, Canelo-Khan, More Frank Warren: Boxing Must Do More For Retired Fighters Johann Duhaupas Returns, Dominates Nascimento Over Ten Khan Says Shock Value Makes '50-50' Fight With Canelo Bigger Kovalev's Coach: If Ward Can't Hurt Sergey, He's in Trouble! Jamel Herring Looking To Step Things Up in 2016 Luis Ortiz Stays Patient, Waiting For Opponent To Get Finalized Sulaiman Warns Canelo That He Can't Make Mistakes With Khan Ocampo Blasts Out Navarro In Five; Cayetano Wins Alberto Machado, Abner Cotto KO Winners In Puerto Rico Kelly Pavlik Charged, Facing 180 Days in Air Rifle Shooting Photos: Deontay Wilder, Shaquille O'Neal Go Face To Face Jhonny Gonzalez Says Abner Mares Ran From Rematch Golovkin's Coach Doubts Canelo Fight Will Happen in 2016 Nonito Donaire To Hold Camp in Las Vegas For Bedak Clash Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wins 'Fighter of The Year' With BWAA Krzysztof Glowacki Feeling The Pressure of Usyk Mandatory Matthysse-Herrera in Talks For Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Mayweather: I'm No Longer Pound For Pound, But I am TBE Yuniesky Gonzalez Set To Begin Training With Pedro Diaz Promoter Talks of Dublin Shooting Chaos at Regency Hotel Roach Roach, Teddy Atlas Discuss The Proper Time To Stop a Fight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement