UK Athletics to ask athletes to sign agreements on lifetime bans for doping

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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UK Athletics will ask all athletes to sign team agreements that will see them forfeit the right to be selected ever again if they are found guilty of a serious doping offence.

Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said the governing body’s lawyers are working on a team agreement for the world indoors championships in Oregon in March.

The British Olympic Association lost its case for a lifetime ban for drugs cheats in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2012 but Warner believes UK Athletics’ proposal is different.

He told a culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into blood doping in athletics: “Athletes will have to sign a team agreement where they agree that they are forfeiting the right ever to be picked for Britain again if found guilty of a serious doping offence.

He added: “That has never been tested [in court] so that’s the one we want to apply and we are talking to our lawyers about it.”

Former British sprinter John Regis said he would have had no problem signing such an agreement.

Regis told BBC Radio Five Live: “Absolutely I would have signed it – because I was a clean athlete.”

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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