World sports bodies welcome stricter anti-doping rules

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Global sporting bodies voiced wide support for more stringent punishment of athletes who use banned performance-enhancers as they discussed revised rules at a conference Wednesday.

Delegates welcomed longer bans for athletes caught doping intentionally, which will pass from two years to four when the new anti-doping code comes into effect in 2015. Powerful global athletics body IAAF called for even harder crackdowns on culprits, signalling "clean" athletes frustrations that dopers sometimes go free amid low numbers of abnormal tests. "The theme that came through time and time again, is we are working for the clean athletes of the world," said outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey after a second day of discussions.AFP



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