Back in 2011, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) initiated a consultation to review its World Anti-Doping Code and improve its anti-doping programme. A revised draft Code has been published and a final version is now expected to be presented for endorsement at the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport (in Johannesburg, South Africa) later this year, before coming into effect in January 2015.
One of the main changes which is currently proposed is the extension of the ban on athletes found guilty of their first serious doping offence. Currently, such athletes receive a two-year ban, with any subsequent positive test incurring a life-ban. The proposal is that the initial ban increases from two to four years.
An extension to four years would mean that an athlete would automatically be unable to compete in the next Olympic Games. Interestingly, this would create at least a step towards the approach (lifetime Olympic ban) which had been adopted by the British Olympic Association before it was last year held by CAS, in a challenge brought by WADA, to not be in compliance with the WADA Code.
The Draft World Anti-Doping Code can be accessed at: http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/World_Anti-Doping_Program/WADP-The-Code/Code_Review/Code%20Review%202015/WADC-2015-draft-version-2.0.pdf