JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12, 2013 (AFP) – World sports leaders will meet in
Johannesburg from Tuesday to decide the future of the anti-doping battle, a
year after cyclist Lance Armstrong’s fall from glory.
The doping police will consider stricter punishments for transgressors, as
the repercussions of the disgraced Tour de France hero’s confession to using
banned substances are still felt in the sports world.
A few thousand delegates are expected at the Sandton Convention Centre for
the four-day World Conference on Doping in Sport amid frosty relations between
the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and international sporting bodies.
Formal talks are only due from Wednesday.
The conference will discuss the final draft of the third World Anti-Doping
Code, which doubles bans of caught-out dopers from two years to four, which
implies automatic disqualification from the next Olympics.
Less than one percent of doping checks give an abnormal result, though
tests have jumped from 150,000 a year to 250,000 since WADA’s creation in 1999.
The conference will also most likely confirm incoming president Craig
Reedie’s appointment, after his nomination by the International Olympic
The 72-year-old Scotsman served on London’s 2012 Olympics organizing
committee and has been an IOC vice-president since last year.