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Testing in March favors cheaters, critics say

Updated: November 25, 2003, 7:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Baseball's new mandatory steroid testing plan appears to give cheating players every advantage they need to avoid detection while taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, scientists and doping detectives say.

The plan to test all athletes beginning in March will probably fail, they say, because it ignores the many lessons Olympics officials learned while trying to curb steroid abuse.

"The plan of attack is a very bad plan and it sends a very poor message ...

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