LAUSANNE, Switzerland, November 19. AFTER witnessing the International Olympic Committee have its Rule 45 stripped by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year, and contemplating building the Rule 45 language into a more appropriate section of its code, the World Anti-Doping Agency will now attempt to get top-level anti-doping bans doubled from two years to four according to Inside the Games.
The anti-doping movement first ran afoul of the Court of Arbitration for Sport when the Osaka Rule, or Rule 45, banned drug cheats not only for their time-based period of punishment, but also banned them from the first Olympic following the END of their time served, thus making the initial bans effectively up to four years longer in duration. CAS struck down the rule stating that the implementation of the rule was not legal, but explained that the specific desire to implement an Olympic ban could be added to the World Anti-Doping Code in a different way.
WADA came back this summer with a plan to implement a new clause in the proper location to implement an Olympic ban for drug cheats, but has since backtracked on that with its latest draft version to be included and implemented into the Olympic Charter in 2015. The final vote will come in 2013. The latest draft does, however, double the highest anti-doping ban from two years to four.