The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced last week that athletes caught doping will be banned for four years, doubling the punishment that athletes currently face. The new rule will go into place on January 1, 2015.
One major athlete in favor of the harsher penalty is Great Britain’s Chris Froome, who won the 2013 Tour de France. Froome said:
It is great that WADA plans to extend the ban from two to four years, and that cycling is being taken as leading the way in the fight in anti-doping.
When first-time offenders are given a four-year ban, that’s quite serious for a sport when the window is very short. You can only be a professional for 15 years. It is a harsh penalty and that’s what we need to see in cycling (Herald Sun).
Froome admitted that he was peppered with doping questions during this year’s Tour de France, but he understood how/why such suspicions were the norm these days. (It may have to do with Lance Armstrong, but that’s just a hunch.)
[Source: Herald Sun]