WADA to introduce new "Steroid Passport"10 September 2013
The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Australia’s, John Fahey, has announced the introduction of a “steroid passport” by the end of the year ... the latest weapon aimed at drug cheats.
The new passport for all athletes will be similar to the biological passport which monitors an athlete’s blood and identifies changes indicating he or she is doping.
Fahey made the announcement at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fahey, whose six year term as WADA President is drawing to a close, said “the biological passport is a key component against doping and has been recognised by the courts as evidence”.
He said during that time WADA had developed better detection methods and is now working very closely with the pharmaceutical industry in the fight against doping in sport.
“The industry is now supplying WADA with the make-up of new drugs before they go on the market so they can easily be detected” he said.
WADA is certain to double the ban for drug cheats from two to four years for first offenders at its Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November.
Fahey told the IOC members “the athletes have demanded a tougher approach to cheats and instead of the current two year ban, the penalty will be doubled for first offenders”.
The November meeting will also look at tougher rules for the “athlete’s entourage”- coaches, trainers and sports scientists.
“The code has experienced a sea change” he said. But he wants more education. “Soon we will have a module in universities across the world educating students on the dangers of doping”.
Mike Tancred in Buenos Aires
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