Britain urges WADA to introduce 4-year doping bans

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's Olympic body has urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to introduce mandatory four-year bans for drug cheats as a minimum.

The current WADA code has a provision for four-year bans, but few federations opt to impose sanctions beyond the standard two years.

The British Olympic Association has submitted its proposed changes to WADA for the revision of the code which sets out drug-testing rules and sanctions across all sports and countries.

The BOA says in its submission that "athletes globally are calling for tougher sanctions to rid sport of those that choose to cheat. WADA should listen and act accordingly. "

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's anti-doping agency says it has started testing international athletes in Britain ahead of the London Olympics.

Information has been gathered from international sports federations and national anti-doping organizations to target athletes who are in Britain to train or compete before the July 27-Aug. 12 Olympics.

Athletes can be tested without notice.

British Olympics minister Hugh Robertson says "we are doing all we can to ensure that there is no place to hide for drug cheats in this country. Information sharing across borders and a strong testing program will help in this fight."

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