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Doping Policy Not New: Ryan

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes the new drug policy was not a big change from the previous ones but simply a continuation. He spoke of the announcement of
07 Nov 2014 14:08
Doping Policy Not New: Ryan

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes the new drug policy was not a big change from the previous ones but simply a continuation.

He spoke of the announcement of the new doping laws by the World Anti-Doping Agency which come into effect on January 1, 2015.

The new policy  which includes a new four-year-ban for those found violating the rule as well as penalties now applying to coaches, management, doctors and even family members.

“The rules on athlete support personnel are the same as they have always been- nothing seems to have changed there,” he said

“Two-year bans can still be given out as well – as I’m sure you are aware, each case is seen based upon evidence and circumstances.”

Ryan was no less cautious about the list of banned drugs and was fully aware of the implications of coaches being involved in doping.

“I’m very aware of the banned list of drugs but as far as I am aware the ruling about coaches being banned if an athlete tests positive is not true and actually is not legal.

“Unless of course, it is shown that the coach is the one giving out the drugs knowingly.”

Ryan said while the rules remained the same, it had no less impact on the team.

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