24 Jul 2013

WADA vows to catch coaches, agents, physios

5:57 pm on 24 July 2013

The World Anti-Doping Agency plans to introduce measures to catch the coaches, agents and physiotherapists who help drug cheats, according to a report in the Independent newspaper.

Ten days after the athletics world was rocked by the news that former double world sprint champion Tyson Gay and former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell had failed doping tests, WADA president John Fahey has outlined a proposed new tougher drug code.

The code, which will be presented in November and, if ratified, will come into effect in 2015, will also target athletes who have used coaches and advisors found guilty of doping in the past.

Fahey says the new rules are designed to stop athletes using people like American Victo Conte.

Conte was jailed in 2005 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute banned steroids and was at the centre of the BALCO doping program which included several high profile athletes like Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.