The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) met over the weekend to draft a new global policy that will see suspensions doubled for serious cases of doping.
WADA’s executive committee and board met separately in Montreal, Canada, to review a third draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping code ahead of its approval conference on November 12-15 this year in Johannesburg.
Further to doubling athlete bans from two to four years in serious cases, WADA will also create new sanctions for any coach or supporting staff. The third draft also looked at human rights, better investigations and further clarity in its code.
Meanwhile, in light of golfer Vijay Singh being suspended by the Professional Golfers’ Association for using deer antler spray, which contains banned substance IGF-1, WADA has requested its list committee to evaluate whether the spray should remain prohibited or not, due to its minor beneficiaries for athletes.
WADA drafts new anti-doping code