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WADA to Introduce Steroid Passport by Year’s End, President Says

World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey said a steroid passport will be introduced by the end of 2013 as the latest means of catching drug cheats.

The initiative will complement the biological passport, which measures changes in blood profile and can be used to detect differences from an athlete’s established levels that might indicate doping.

“The biological passport is a key component against doping and has been recognized by the courts as evidence,” Fahey said yesterday at the International Olympic Committee’s annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

Fahey, an Australian whose term as WADA president finishes at the end of this year, said the Montreal-based organization is likely to double the ban for first-time drug cheats from two to four years at its congress in Johannesburg in November.

“The athletes have demanded a tougher approach to cheats and instead of the current two-year ban, the penalty will be doubled for first offenders,” he said.

Officials at the Johannesburg meeting also will consider tighter regulation for coaches, trainers and sports scientists associated with athletes, Fahey added.

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