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Rogge supports doubling the doping ban

Nov 26, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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Now IOC President Jacques Rogge is apparently in favor of doubling the doping ban on Olympic athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs from two years to four years, and said at a conference in Amsterdam Monday that the measure “satisfies” the IOC’s desire to increase sanctioning on doping.

“We are waiting for the final text but already what is on the table today is something that is heartening for us,” Rogge told the crowd.

The plan would basically suspend an athlete for one Olympic cycle, and calls for stiffer penalties on athletes caught using anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, and masking agents, and those caught trafficking. The proposal will be up for review next year and could go into effect as early as 2015.

Rogge said the new proposal was “in line” with the Osaka Rule, a previous measure to ban athletes for an Olympic cycle if they were suspended for more than six months. That one was tossed out last year by the court of arbitration because it was seen as a way of punishing an athlete twice for the same offense.

Of course, the Australian Olympic Committee accepted a proposal earlier this month to throw you in jail if you’re caught lying about your doping history, so a four-year suspension seems pretty fair.

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