If you want to get a feel for how fast things progress in bureaucracy-world, check out TRT exemptions and the CSAC. A long time ago in a time known as 2010, Chael Sonnen tested positive for testosterone, which he claimed he only took because he was suffering from a set of defective testicles. Because of all the problems with that case, the CSAC decided they needed to codify things. It took them nearly two years to finally sort out the procedure to deal with so called Therapeutic Use Exemptions. On the plus side, they did show up to vote for it on whatever Easter-related day yesterday was, which is more than I can say for myself.
Loosely modeled after the exemption process the World Anti-Doping Agency uses for Olympians, Monday’s CSAC-approved amendment states that the exemption will only apply to “medication needed to maintain health and not obtain an unfair advantage over an opponent during a match.”
Prior to Monday’s vote, the CSAC inserted additional verbiage clarifying that the TUE applicant would be responsible for all costs related to tests and medical evaluations that might be requested for an approval.
“California doesn’t have a therapeutic use exemption and in the absence of one, the executive officer cannot authorize someone to fight with any of the [prohibitive] substances in use,” said CSAC counsel Anita Scurry.
However, Dodd said he has granted exemption approval to select athletes with proper medical documentation.
One of those athletes was UFC middleweight Dan Henderson, who was granted a TUE for testosterone when he fought Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139 last November in San Jose, Calif.
Dodd told SI.com in December that Henderson’s rigorous approval process served as a test case that the commission used to evaluate its proposed TUE requirements.
Like Henderson, one of three fighters approved for a testosterone TUE in Nevada, Dodd said future TUE candidates would need to provide extensive medical records documenting past use of the drug for medical purposes.
While this may seem to the average sportsfan as one more sign that cheating is being cooked into the system rather than rooted out, there’s good news! The same bureaucracy that took so long to vote on this amendment spans far ahead of this proposed amendment. It’ll have to go through two more state bodies before becoming law, something that could take months or years if it happens at all.
Until then, I guess the CSAC will … continue to do what they did with guys like Dan Henderson … before they were allowed to?