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Olympic Sports: Officials' joint battle against drugs

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posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 01:40 PM
The International Association of Athletics Federations has met with anti-doping officials, coaches, medical experts and athletes past and present to co-ordinate the battle against drugs in sport.

More than 60 people attended the meeting in Monaco, including IAAF president Lamine Diack, former sprinter Frankie Fredericks - now on the athletes' commission - and Frank Dick, ex-coach of Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson.

Representatives of the athletes' commission revealed their support for the strict policy of USA Track & Field regarding suspensions for life for a first steroid offence but also requested more guidance regarding doping rules and procedures.

Two new task forces were set up to develop educational programmes addressing anti-doping and nutritional issues, with another created as a top priority to "de-mystify" anti-doping procedures for athletes, the media and fans.

Diack said: "I am very happy to see you all, members of the athletics family, respond positively to the IAAF call to sit together and discuss what more we can do in the fight against doping.

"We are the leading federation in this field and it is our duty to keep our sport clean."


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