Athlete’s that are caught doping will face stricter sanctions after the World Anti Doping Agency approved a new code that will come into effect in January 2015.
Bans for drugs cheats will go up for two years to four, however the doping policies will vary according to individual sports.
At the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg outgoing WADA president John Fahey said:“Those rules provide for tougher sanctions, investigative powers, they rope in the entourage and they will ensure that they focus on smart testing distribution and other programs that will make us more effective in the future.”
The four year-ban means offenders will miss at least one Olympic Games.
The code also introduces more flexibility in the punishment of athletes who are found to have mistakenly taken banned substances or who co-operate with doping investigations. .
WADA’s statute of limitations will be extended from eight to 10 years, enabling retrospective testing as technology advances.
The revised code is the result of two years of re-evaluation.