IAAF reintroduce four-year doping bans

IAAF reintroduce four-year doping bans
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Four-year bans are to be brought back for athletes found guilty of doping, the International Association of Athletics Federations confirms.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have announced the reintroduction of four-year bans for athletes found guilty of doping.

In 1997, the length of bans was cut to two years, but recent high-profile cases involving Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell has forced the IAAF to make a change.

"The IAAF has an ethical obligation to the overwhelming majority of athletes and officials who believe in clean sport," read a statement.

"The new WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code, which will come into force on January 1, 2015, will reflect our firm commitment to have tougher penalties and the IAAF will return to four-year sanctions for serious doping offences.

"As a leader in this fight the IAAF has built and delivers a programme that is well resourced, far reaching, sophisticated and increasingly able to detect and remove from the sport those who breach our anti-doping rules."

The new measures will take effect from 2015.

Dai Greene
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