Increased ban proposed by WADA for serious anti-doping violations
Following a serious increase of doping violations over the past years, World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA has proposed to increase the ban for major violations.
The proposed draft for the 2015 World Anti-Doping code presented in Montreal suggests that the two-year ban will be increased to four-years if the plan is approved.
Wada President John Fahey explained, "This second draft has done that, doubling the length of suspension for serious offenders and widening the scope for anti-doping organisations to impose lifetime banns".
He further added, "The Code review is intended to increase the efficiency of anti-doping, and athletes must know that there is a heavy price to pay for intentional doping, that 'the risks are high”.
“I am confident this will draft deliver that message loud and clear and that our own stakeholders will agree".
"It is widely accepted that doping is a major issue no longer restricted to the sporting world, and that it must be addressed by society as a whole,” Fahey concluded.
USADA investigations into Lance Armstrong have called for new reforms in the sports, especially the sports of cycling.
The American and his former team mates in the side, Team USPS used systematic doping for many years and gets unnoticed.
He claimed as many as seven overall victories at one of the most prestigious and the toughest cycling races, the Tour de France.
Despite giving several anti-doping tests, Armstrong walked free every single time however, USADA’s 1000 page reasoned decision including testimonies from several cyclists proved him guilty and cost him all his fame, respect and the previous victories.
As many as 11 of Armstrong’s former teammates admit to doping including, Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.
Serious violations as per the WADA’s latest draft for the year 2015 include human growth of hormone, the use of anabolic steroids as well as trafficking the UCI prohibited substances and methods.
The meeting also announced that the firm will work on the same budget in 2013 season which will be the second consecutive year in without a raise since 2011.
Total funds of $28 million per annum proved insufficient previously however, Fahey noted that additional cut-backs will make it possible to have smooth operations under same finances.