Wada widen remit in battle against drugs cheats
The sport’s world governing body have announced plans to “catch the cheats behind the cheats” as they crack down on doping violations by coaches, physiotherapists and other members of athlete’s entourages.
Several high-profile recent cases have involved athletes blaming members of their team for failed drugs tests, and part of a new code by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) will leave athletes no longer individually responsible.
“It’s a much more effective code,” John Fahey, anti-doping chief, said. “It’s one for the entourage as well – picking up the coaches, agents and physios. It says they can be dealt with in the same fashion as an athlete.”
Recent cases include sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay, above, submitting positive tests last month. “What’s occurred in that sport tells us that we haven’t solved this problem,” Fahey said. “It’s still alive and well.
Wada’s new code will be presented at the end of this year and, if ratified, come into effect in 2015. They will also target athletes who use coaches and advisors who have been found guilty of doping in the past.
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