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ATHLETICS: Drug cheats to face stiffer penalties

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Drug cheats in sports are facing a new minimum four-year ban under new rules which came into effect yesterday.



The changes to the World Anti-Doping Code also increased the suspension for doping from two years.



Other changes will see less leniency given for missed tests but possible reduced bans for helping investigators.



The punishment for missing three tests within a 12-month period has been increased from 18 months to two years.



While deliberate cheating leads to a four-year ban, athletes guilty of inadvertent doping will receive a two-year ban.



However, they can get a reduction if they have substantial proof that they were not at fault or intending to cheat.



According to WADA, the 2015 code had more incentive for anyone providing substantial assistance in uncovering doping.



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