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SBD Global/November 20, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
WADA Proposes Doubling Doping Bans For Steroids To Four Years
Published November 20, 2012
DRAFTING THE RULES: REUTERS' Gene Cherry reported the new WADA code draft also includes a proposal that substances or methods must be "performance enhancing, contrary to the spirit of sport or contrary to the health of athletes" for them to be prohibited. The proposed code will "undergo further review" between now and March, when it will be presented to the WADA Foundation Board before a final draft is prepared for ratification at the world anti-doping conference in Johannesburg, South Africa next November. Fahey: "Athletes must know that there is a heavy price to pay for intentional doping. I am confident this draft will deliver that message loud and clear" (REUTERS, 11/18). The AFP noted Fahey was speaking at a WADA foundation meeting thath drew a number of participants, including Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid, who "sat solemnly and consulted his smart phone for most of the proceedings." McQuaid has "tried to defend himself against charges that he failed to fight against drugtaking in cycling" in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that revealed "rampant doping by Lance Armstrong and the teams the disgraced rider was associated with" (AFP, 11/19).