punishments and methods of testing for drug abuse. The two bodies met in Lausanne in June 1993 to work out a policy to be adopted by all sports. Main stumbling blocks to co-ordinating action against drug abuse will be getting the agreement of the 26 federations and overcoming legal problems. Present plans are to introduce a minimum period of suspension of two years for steroid offences. The IOC has the 'stick' of withdrawing television rights incomes from the Olympic Games to 'persuade' those federations that do not willingly co-operate. Although the IOC is not prepared to get involved with random testing it has promised funding to assist this practice. In an effort to keep sport out of the courts it is also expected the IOC will try and instigate a code of conduct to be signed by athletes wishing to participate in the Olympic Games which will include acceptance of rulings made by the court of Arbitration (set up by the IOC) instead of using the civil courts.