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‘Cheats won’t be spared’

other Updated: Oct 03, 2010 00:45 IST
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Beware dope cheats. That's the message World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman put across during a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. He said, taking the example of Marion Jones, that freezing samples really helps. “Marion Jones competed full of drugs and seven years later she admitted to doping,” he said. “That shows we are on the job and dope cheats, with the help of technology, can be caught anytime.” Though Howman did not know whether CGF would freeze samples, he said “it definitely helps.”

Whether or not the Commonwealth Games will be dope free, Howman said, “it will be foolish of me to sit here and say that the Games will be dope free”. “Whether someone will evade us, possibly,” he added. Howman was also critical about coaches of those athletes who return positive for doping. “They too should also be penalized,” he said.

The WADA also said it was following the recent cases of doping in India and praised India's National Anti-Doping Agency. “The sanction to be imposed on the athlete will depend on the outcome of the disciplinary panel's hearing.”

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