UK Athletics presses ahead with plans for lifetime bans for doping offences

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner believes it can legally impose a lifetime ban for serious drugs cheats.

The governing body will ask all athletes to sign team agreements that will see them forfeit the right to be selected ever again if they are found guilty of a serious doping offence.

Warner said the governing body's lawyers were working on a team agreement for the world indoors championships in Oregon in March.

The British Olympic Association lost its case for a lifetime ban for drugs cheats in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2012 but Warner believes UK Athletics' proposal is different.

He told a culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into blood doping in athletics: "Athletes will have to sign a team agreement where they agree that they are forfeiting the right ever to be picked for Britain again if found guilty of a serious doping offence."

He added: "That has never been tested [in court]so that's the one we want to apply and we are talking to our lawyers about it."

Former British sprinter John Regis said he would have had no problem signing such an agreement.

Regis told BBC Radio Five Live: "Absolutely I would have signed it – because I was a clean athlete."

Warner also revealed that two bids by Qatar's capital Doha for the 2017 and 2019 world championships have been referred to the ethics commission following allegations of "brown envelopes" and bribe demands.

However, Warner refused to reveal the names of the "very senior IAAF person" who had told him of reports of envelopes full of cash being handed out just before the vote for the 2017 world championships, which London won ahead of Doha, which subsequently was awarded the 2019 event.

Asked if IAAF president Lord Coe was one of those who had told him of the rumours, Warner replied: "It could have been any number of people."

He said it would be "inappropriate" to make it public before he had testified to the IAAF ethics commission.


      
Warner added: "I have had a number of discussions with the IAAF and they have told me the 2017 and 2019 bids by Doha have been referred to their ethics commission."


Earlier in January, Warner had said: "On the night before the bid a very senior person in the IAAF hierarchy told me and my bid team that certain members of the IAAF council were being called upstairs one by one to a hotel suite to be given a brown envelope."



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