BOA calls on Wada to toughen up over drug cheats
Thursday 12 April 2012
The British Olympic Association has called for a mandatory four-year ban - which would include one Olympic Games - for first-time drug cheats to be introduced as part of a "fundamental review" of Wada, the global body charged with policing anti-doping in sport.
The BOA believes that Wada is too reactive and makes athletes "feel guilty before proving themselves innocent." But it also wants stronger punishment for those who are guilty. It wants Wada to allow National Olympic Committees the autonomy to attach further sanctions on athletes who dope and for the world body to re-introduce a punitive measure along the lines of the International Olympic Committee's Osaka rule, which led to an athlete automatically being barred from a Games after failing a test.
The BOA submission to Wada, which has favoured a two-year ban, comes just weeks before the BOA's controversial bylaw that bars athletes who have doped from competing for Britain in the Olympics is likely to fall foul of a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling. The CAS decision - which the BOA argue is an issue of eligibility - is due before the end of the month and is expected to free the likes of Dwain Chambers and David Millar to compete for Britain in the London Games.
The Osaka rule was overturned by the CAS last year after a challenge by the United States Olympic Committee in support of the 400m runner LaShawn Merritt. That in turn led to the current case between Wada and the BOA.
The BOA wants Wada to adopt more intelligent led testing, target the source of doping and the athletes' entourages. Unsurprisingly, Moyniham wants Wada, who are beginning a regular review of how they operate, to pay particular attention to wishes of the national Olympic committees in "establishing eligibility standards for selection" and accepting NOC's autonomy in that process.
"It is right Wada are leading a worldwide consultation process but far more must be done," said Colin Moynihan, president of the BOA. "By urging NOCs to work toward a global two-year ban in recent years, Wada has followed the wrong course. Proceeding as if yesterday's strategies will be sufficient in ensuring a level playing field for the athletes of today and tomorrow is a recipe for failure. Relying on outdated testing methodology and practices that are primarily reactive in nature is not, in our view, the way forward."
Auction house to give away $1m masterpiece in charity raffle - and tickets are only $100 each
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Tottenham to use controversial blood-spinning technique to speed Jan Vertonghen return
World Cup 2014: Football Manager developers predict the team of the tournament - but which England player makes it into the XI?
Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team
Transfer news: Wayne Rooney sparks Manchester United exit rumours after rejecting new contract talks - reports
Champions League last 16 draw 2013: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United meet?
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 5 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram