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Olympics: Moscow lab decision Saturday

The global anti-doping agency said it will decide by Saturday whether to strip Moscow's laboratory of the right to test athletes just months before the Sochi Winter Olympics. Outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey has the final say after receiving recommendations from a disciplinary committee. "I assure you I will do that within the next 24 hours," he told journalists in Johannesburg. "The disciplinary committee has met and considered the evidence that it has received," Fahey said at the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Olympics: Disciplinary hearing into Moscow lab

A disciplinary committee has made recommendations in a probe of Moscow's testing laboratory ahead of next year's Sochi Winter Olympics, the global anti-doping chief said Friday. "The disciplinary committee has met and considered the evidence that it has received," said World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey in Johannesburg. Under WADA's rules Fahey now has the final say whether to strip accreditation of the Moscow lab, months before the Sochi Games.

Bans doubled under new world anti-doping code

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A revised World Anti-Doping Code, doubling the bans for cheats in sport, was adopted on Friday. It was passed by the board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the end of three days of deliberation by some 1,000 delegates attending the World Conference on Doping in Sport. "We are now equipped to go forward in the best possible way with a set of rules. It's a good day for sport, for athletes and for our future," said outgoing WADA president John Fahey.

Anti-doping bodies to meet one year after Armstrong

World sports leaders will meet in Johannesburg from Tuesday to decide the future of the anti-doping battle, a year after cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from glory. The doping police will consider stricter punishments for transgressors, as the repercussions of the disgraced Tour de France hero's confession to using banned substances are still felt in the sports world.

WADA to visit Jamaica next week after anger at stonewalling

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency will visit Jamaica next week to conduct an audit of the country's anti-doping program after the world body expressed anger at the Caribbean nation's reluctance to schedule a visit until next year. Three WADA officials, however, are now expected to arrive for a two-day visit on October 28 and 29, Herb Elliott, the head of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) told Reuters on Tuesday.

Athletics: WADA takes aim again at Jamaican dope testing

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has again expressed its unhappiness at the way Jamaica's anti-doping program has responded to the five positive tests among Jamaican athletes. WADA in August had said it was standing by to help Jamaica resolve their problems in the wake of the doping scandal involving former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell. The global doping agency had then called for urgent action on the concerns raised by former Jamaica anti-doping chief Renee Anne Shirley over flaws in the country's drug testing program.

Doping: WADA wants football to boost anti-drugs effort

Football must do more in the global battle against drugs in sport, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday, supporting claims by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that current policy was too lax. Amid questions about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in a number of sports, Wenger recently called for greater use of biological passports and increased testing for the blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) in "the world game".

UPDATE 1-Lance Armstrong may admit he used banned drugs - NY Times

(Adds comments by WADA, Livestrong) Jan 5 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist at the center of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, may admit he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, the New York Times reported in Saturday's editions, citing unidentified sources. Such an admission would be a stunning reversal for Armstrong, who has vehemently denied doping for years.
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