UK Anti-Doping to push for tougher drug cheat penalties

    March 14, 2012

    UK Anti-Doping will this week argue for stronger penalties for drug cheats in its submission to the second major review of the global code that underpins its work.

    In its response to the World Anti-Doping Agency's consultation ahead of a wide-ranging review of its rules, UKAD will push for a debate on the best way to prosecute coaches and support staff of athletes who are caught cheating. Ahead of an anti-doping conference in London that begins on Wednesday, UKAD is finalising its initial response to Wada's review for a new code due to come into force in 2013.

    Most serious doping offences carry a two-year ban. UKAD will stop short of requesting a blanket four-year ban, as proposed by some in sport to ensure that anyone caught intentionally doping is banned for a full Olympic cycle. It fears that would be open to legal challenge as excessive and put at risk the principle that athletes bear responsibility for anything found in their system.

    But its chief executive, Andy Parkinson, wants to expand the scope within Wada's code for longer bans to be imposed....