Villes & Stades
Edmonton Le stade du Commonwealth, 59 500 places
Montréal : Le Stade olympique, capacité 55 000 places
Ottawa : Le stade Frank Clair de Lansdowne Park, 28 826 places
Toronto : National Soccer Stadium, 20 000 places
Vancouver : Le stade Swangard, capacité 10 000 places
Victoria : Le Royal Athletic Park, 10 000 places
Tour golfers are taking performance-enhancing drugs and escaping sanction because the sport does not have dope testing, Gary Player said on the eve of the 136th Open Championship.
"I know there are golfers doing it [taking drugs], whether it’s HGH [human growth hormone], whether it’s creatine or whether it’s steroids, I know for a fact some golfers are doing it," Player told a news conference on Wednesday.
"We’re dreaming if we think it’s not going to come into golf." mThe diminutive South African is one of the most influential figures in the sport and a multiple winner of all four Majors.
"In the world tour today, I would say there’s 10 guys taking something. I might be way out. Definitely not going to be lower but might be a hell of a lot more.
"I’m delighted to see that they’re going to start having tests at random if that’s what they officially have decided."
Random testing R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said it was in dialogue with the various tours and the Open Championship would eventually become part of an overall random testing system.
"These discussions, I’m pleased to say, are at a pretty advanced stage," said Dawson. "What I do support is getting on with this in a measured but quick fashion."
Dawson would not speculate whether professional tour players were taking drugs.
"I read some comments from Tiger [Woods] earlier this week where he didn’t think people were taking drugs," he said.
Player had told the conference that he knew for sure that some were.
"One guy told me — I won’t tell you where — and I could see this massive change in him."
Player (71), who has won nine Major titles including three British Opens, said he had rejected an offer to take HGH from "every doctor I go to".
"I said, really, I’ve done everything I wanted to do in golf. I’ve got 20 grandchildren, I want to enjoy my life with them and I don’t want to take it because I’m not sure what it will do to me." — Reuters, Jon Bramley, Carnoustie, United Kingdom, 18 July 2007