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by Mark Zalewski
November 22, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: WADA Foundation Board approves recommendations, re-elects president; IOC proposes WADA code amendment banning serious offences; Wiggins talks future plans in odd interviews at Ghent Six Day; Grassroots racing on the UCI Continental Tours; Cancellara inducted into Laureus Academy; How Luke Rowe spends the off-season; Mathew Hayman given special edition bike for Roubaix win; Behind the scenes of NBC’s Tour de France coverage; Mathieu van der Poel rode home after cancelled Koksijde; Wout van Aert fits in a sand skills section; Amateur riding the Tour de France ahead of the pros; Michele Scarponi’s off-season training partner; Cavendish shows off his dance moves.
One of the more interesting points that was discussed at the WADA board meeting was from IOC member Tony Estanguet, who called for an Olympic ban on athletes who have served serious doping suspensions.
“The IOC would like to propose a new amendment to the code regarding the eligibility of athletes to compete at the Olympic Games,” he said.
“If there are athletes who have served a suspension of more than six months, should not participate in any capacity in the next edition of the Games.”
This is similar to the controversial Rule 45, or ‘Osaka Rule,’ that was proposed at the Osaka World Athletics Championships in 2007. However, it was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it was challenged by the US Olympic Committee, arguing it was a second punishment for the same offence. The CAS did say Rule 45 could be reintroduced if it was included as part of the WADA code.
“Doping has become a political issue,” said Estanguet. “We must underline how important working together is and we must reassure the athletes. There’s a loss of trust from the athletes to WADA.”
Click through to read more at Inside the Games.