Dr. Margaret Goodman, the former professional ringside physician appointed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 1994, was named “Person of the Year in Boxing” by HBO boxing commentator, Jim Lampley, on his show, “The Fight Game.” Goodman is the president and chairperson of the board of Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), an independent organization that provides sophisticated anti-doping testing for boxers and mixed martial arts athletes.
Lampley also named reigning super bantamweight champion, Nonito Donaire, “Boxer of the Year” for participating in the VADA testing program.
Of Goodman, Lampley said in a statement that she “formed the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a performance-enhancement testing service which moved down the road faster than others in employing a state-of-the-art procedure called carbon isotope ratio testing, and as a result, scored prominent busts of the first two star fighters to request the service, Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto. In other words, it took VADA and Margaret Goodman two fights to establish the will to enforce standards which might help to reverse what many observers now see as an onrushing tide of performance-enhancing drugs in boxing … For making her point forcefully, fearlessly and immediately, Dr. Margaret Goodman is the TFG Person of the Year in Boxing.”
VADA uses the sophisticated carbon isotope ratio testing method for all of its tests.
“I am deeply honored by the generous endorsement of Jim Lampley and ‘The Fight Game’ for my work with VADA, and am grateful for Mr. Lampley and HBO’s courage to step up and tackle the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in boxing. They are the first network to do so, and I salute them for that,” said Goodman.