Steroids or not, IOC OK with Schwarzenegger running the torch
February 11, 2010
VANCOUVER and#8212; The IOC has no problem with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger running with the Olympic torch, despite his past admission of steroid use.
Schwarzenegger is scheduled to carry the torch Friday, the final day of the relay in Vancouver. He will hand off the torch to Sebastian Coe, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who heads the organizing committee for the 2012 London Games.
Schwarzenegger has said in the past that he used steroids in his bodybuilding days, long before they became illegal without a prescription.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams says he doesn’t know details but presumes Schwarzenegger’s steroid use took place 20-30 years ago.
“I think we accept that all people have served time and if they’ve talked about what they’ve done we would accept some concept of rehabilitation, so I don’t think that’s particularly a problem,” Adams said.
“He’s now a very respectable governor of the largest state in the United States so I imagine that we, under that circumstance, we would be happy to have him carrying the torch.”