NEW YORK (AP) – World Cup skiing champion Bode Miller thinks anti-doping rules that allow alcohol but ban asthma medicine are ineffective and lack common sense.

In remarks taped earlier in the week and aired Thursday night on “The Bode Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio, Miller reiterated that he wants the anti-doping system changed.

Miller caused a stir last month when he said drug rules in sports should be liberalized and “people should be able to do what they want to do.” Not surprisingly, among his critics was World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound, who called Miller’s comments “irresponsible” and “wrong.”

“All I really ask is that people use common sense,” Miller said on his weekly, hour-long radio show. “My only real goal at this point is to change the system, to make the system effective. I don’t want people like Dick Pound to be making decisions based on their own agenda.”

Miller reiterated that he doesn’t take drugs, supplements or even vitamins.

Saying that creatine, an over-the-counter supplement, and alcohol can be harmful but aren’t tested for – “I can go out and binge drink and race the next day,” he said – Miller wondered why certain substances are banned.

“Doctors all agree the effects of the asthma inhaler wear off in about 20 minutes. The stuff stays in your system for 20 days. That means 19 days, 23 hours and 40 minutes after you’ve used this thing one time for an asthma attack … you’re still disqualified and banned from the sport for two years,” he said.

Miller suggested either banning every drug or having athletes carry cards revealing what substances they’ve taken.

“That would be a really cool solution because it would allow people to say, OK, that guy’s a great athlete, but he clearly has no respect for his body,”‘ Miller said. “And the coolest guys would be the guys who won but didn’t have anything on their card.”

AP-ES-11-03-05 2012EST


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