‘Tougher bans needed to clean up sport’
Global sporting bodies have struggled to devise a unified approach to testing and sanctioning athletes and sportspeople.
Sanctions for athletes and sportspeople taking banned drugs should be beefed up because a zero tolerance approach is the only way to clean up international competitions, lawyers say.
"It’s one thing to say someone should be banned for a long time if the evidence is very clear," says Edward Carder, a sports law specialist solicitor at Mishcon de Reya. "But my experience after seeing these cases litigated is that the evidence is often not as clear as the public might think. People generally have an explanation as to why these things have happened."
However, there are those that might argue that cheating is so much against the spirit of sport that those found to have cheated should get very long bans.
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