Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Four-Year Bans for Athletics Doping; ATHLETICS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Four-Year Bans for Athletics Doping; ATHLETICS

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ATHLETICS' world governing body will hand four-year bans to those caught doping from 2015 - a move president Lamine Diack hopes will help in the never-ending fight with drug cheats.

The World Championships kick off in Moscow this weekend amidst growing concerns over the state of the sport.

Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown have all recently failed drug tests, as have an alarming number of Russian and Turkish athletes. Such developments cast a cloud over the championships and led the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to reiterate their "unwavering commitment" against doping, with its council approving plans to revert to four-year bans for offenders from 2015.

Diack said blood samples would also be kept for eight years to check after the event if drugs were taken or not.

Current rules restrict the IAAF to handing out two-year bans to first-time offenders, meaning many can serve without missing the chance to compete at the Olympic Games. …

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