Life drugs ban is criticised by UK anti-doping chief
Athletes agree with Olympic dope ban - BOA
The head of the UK Anti Doping Agency has criticised the British Olympic Association's lifetime Olympics ban on athletes who test positive for drugs.
Andy Parkinson believes athletes are deterred from giving information about suppliers in order to avoid suspensions which ban them from the Olympics.
He says removing 'incentives' to share information has a negative effect.
"We will continue to struggle to catch those who are supplying performance enhancing substances," said Parkinson.
As well as the BOA, Parkinson was also critical of the extra bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee.
Dope cheats should not be banned from Olympics - UKAD
The BOA has a rule of a lifetime Olympic ban for any British athlete who fails a drugs test, while the IOC say cheats will not be allowed to compete at the next Games even if their suspension is completed.
Yet, under World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, athletes are entitled to reduced bans if they provide evidence against suppliers.
"The World Anti-Doping Code, agreed at an international level, encourages athletes to provide substantial assistance which can be grounds for a reduction in the sanction period.
"If we remove all incentives for athletes to share their stories and information with us, then we will continue to struggle to catch those who are supplying performance-enhancing substances and often operate on the edges of sport with relative impunity."
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