The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has recently issued a revised draft code that has a proposed Olympic ban for serious doping offenders from January 2015.

The revision, if approved at a world conference on doping in sport in Johannesburg in November 2013, would mean athletes whose suspension ends before a Winter or Summer Games may get banned for one Olympic cycle. The draft would have a third consultation phase between December 1 this year and March 1, 2013 and the second phase ended recently.

The British Olympic Association had argued that the existing sanction of two years was an insufficient deterrent.

The revised WADA code says that an athlete “shall be ineligible to participate in the next Summer Olympic Games and the next Winter Olympic Games taking place after the end of the period of ineligibility otherwise imposed” in certain circumstances, as an additional sanction.

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