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Sports: Drugs

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward measures to assist the governing bodies of UK sports in excluding participants who have been found guilty of the illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs from selection to represent their country in international or representative competitions; and if he will make a statement. (187811)

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Code is the international framework of anti-doping rules, setting out the minimum sanctions applicable to those found guilty of breaching them. A key aim of the code is the harmonisation of anti-doping rules across countries and sports.

However, the Code does not restrict sport’s national or international federations from applying further sanctions to athletes found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation, should they choose to do so.