WADA set to extend doping bans from 2 years to 4 years from 2015

Anti doping agency also extends statute of limitations period, and decides to retain B sample

by Simon_MacMichael   February 6, 2013  

Syringe

The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) will reportedly extend the standard term of suspension for a first doping offence from two years to four from 2015 as it adopts a tougher stance against drugs cheats. Changes will also be made to the statute of limitations, which will be extended to up to 14 years.

The proposed changes to the World Anti Doping Code were made at an extraordinary meeting of the organisation held to coincide with the European Council’s session in the French city.

According to Ves Sport news agency, quoted on the Russian website RT, Natalia Zhelanova, head of the Russian Sports Ministry’s Anti-Doping Department, said: “The standard period of disqualification for the first doping offence is extended [from two] to four years, besides for a number of exceptions.”

The new version of the code, due to come into effect on 1 January 2015, will also extend powers of anti-doping organisations in terms of where they can test athletes, she explained.

“The new edition of the WADA Code directly affirms that the testing can be performed at any place and any time by any anti-doping organization which has jurisdiction over an athlete.”

Other changes agreed include all of an athlete’s results during the period of disqualification being annulled, including in cases where a retroactive ban has been applied.

The statute of limitations for using or possessing banned substances will be extended from eight years to ten years, and to fourteen years in cases including prescription or distribution of performance enhancing drugs.

Ms Zhelanova said that despite what was described as a ‘heated debate’ on the issue of whether to scrap the B sample, which an athlete can ask to be tested should their A sample provide an adverse analytical finding, it had been decided to retain it.

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Why wait until 2015? Implement it with immediate effect. Also, no backdating of bans. The ban should take effect when the verdict is announced, rather than from when the offence took place.

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posted by cavasta [185 posts]
6th February 2013 - 14:56

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cavasta wrote:
Why wait until 2015? Implement it with immediate effect.

Agreed

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Also, no backdating of bans. The ban should take effect when the verdict is announced, rather than from when the offence took place.

The ban should run for the awarded period from the date of announcement AND all results between the date of when the failed test was taken and the date of the ban should nullified. So, if a rider has a test say in May 2013 which proves positive and it finally gets sorted in June 2014 and he gets handed a ban of one year, the ban should run until June 2015 and all his results between May 2013 and June 2014 should be nullified.

If they're not going to do life-time bans the the next step should be to introduce a two strikes and you're out life-time ban with no appeal on the second ban.

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posted by jova54 [450 posts]
6th February 2013 - 15:28

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cavasta wrote:
Why wait until 2015? Implement it with immediate effect.

Agreed

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Also, no backdating of bans. The ban should take effect when the verdict is announced, rather than from when the offence took place.

The ban should run for the awarded period from the date of announcement AND all results between the date of when the failed test was taken and the date of the ban should nullified. So, if a rider has a test say in May 2013 which proves positive and it finally gets sorted in June 2014 and he gets handed a ban of one year, the ban should run until June 2015 and all his results between May 2013 and June 2014 should be nullified.

If they're not going to do life-time bans the the next step should be to introduce a two strikes and you're out life-time ban with no appeal on the second ban.

I think that it is second time and life in a lot of cases. If not I agree it should be. About time the 4 years for a first conviction came in, which means the loss of an entire Olympic cycle, and possibly a career finisher for many.

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6th February 2013 - 18:05

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jova54 wrote:
The ban should run for the awarded period from the date of announcement AND all results between the date of when the failed test was taken and the date of the ban should nullified. So, if a rider has a test say in May 2013 which proves positive and it finally gets sorted in June 2014 and he gets handed a ban of one year, the ban should run until June 2015 and all his results between May 2013 and June 2014 should be nullified.

If they're not going to do life-time bans the the next step should be to introduce a two strikes and you're out life-time ban with no appeal on the second ban.

I'm completely with you jova54. Now all we need to do is get WADA and the UCI on board.

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6th February 2013 - 18:37

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