China Promises Life Bans for Drugs Cheats

From The Times:

While China’s massive investment in improving its elite athletics looks like foundering against a backdrop of poor coaching and dwindling optimism, the country once damned with allegations about doping has taken a pre-Olympic lead in combating the problem.

Until now the British Olympic Association’s bylaw imposing automatic life bans on dopers was unique. However, China has rushed through new legislation that goes farther and bans dopers from taking part in all competitions, not just the Olympic Games.

Luo Chaoyi, the vice-president of the Chinese Athletic Association, said: “The Government has started a strict policy that means anyone who is caught doping stops work. Finished. A life ban. This is a special regulation for the Olympics.”

May 27, 2008 3:28 AM
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