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Lifetime doping bans not legal, WADA president says

Jul 17, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

Craig Reedie Reuters

The World Anti-Doping Agency doubled bans for “serious doping offenders” from two years to four years last November, to be implemented in 2015, but many would like to see lifetime bans.

WADA has looked into it, and it doesn’t appear to be an option.

“Our advice was that [life bans] would be challenged and would not be sustainable in law,” WADA president Craig Reedie told the BBC. “A four-year penalty will stand up in court and takes a person out of the cycle of an Olympic Games.”

Doping suspensions have been prevalent in track and field over the last year, with Tyson GayAsafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown failing drug tests but having their bans shortened (or, as in Campbell-Brown’s case, cleared altogether).

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  1. kando53 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Wow, with this guy heading WADA they are a bit of a joke. Lifetime bans not legal?! This guy is pathetic. With no more than a 4 year ban a lot of people could easily get the length reduced on appeal, and make the Olympics after all. What a fraud!

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