WADA cautious about amnesty idea

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09/14/2012| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com

WADA cautious about amnesty idea

The World Anti-Doping Agency would consider an amnesty for riders who confess to drug offenses even though the proposal by cycling's ruling body would take the sports world into "uncharted territory."

the case against Armstrong.

McQuaid contends Hamilton's evidence is tainted and questions whether he can be trusted, but Howman said the book is "compulsory reading" for the anti-doping movement.

"It's very detailed, something we will study closely in terms of how a sophisticated cheater is continuing to avoid detection," he said. "All these things are helpful in terms of understanding what goes through the minds of those who take shortcuts."

On a separate issue, Howman said WADA would examine the one-year ban imposed by Belarus authorities on Nadezhda Ostapchuk, who was stripped of the gold medal in the women's shot put at the London Olympics after testing positive for steroids.

Belarus doping officials said she received a reduced ban -- rather than the standard two-year suspension -- because her coach laced her food with the steroid without her knowledge. The coach, Alexander Yefimov, received a four-year ban.

WADA can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if it feels Ostapchuk's ban is too light.

Howman also noted WADA is moving closer to doubling the standard ban for serious offenses from two to four years.

The tougher sanctions are being considered for the next version of the WADA code, which will come up for approval in November 2013. The current code allows for four-year bans in "aggravated cases," but Howman said there are proposals to change the wording to "serious" cases, which would cover the use of steroids and EPO.

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