WADA chief 'interested' in amnesty for every drug cheat

London, Sat, 20 Oct 2012 ANI

London, Oct 20(ANI): Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey has raised a few eyebrows after claiming that he would be interested in giving amnesty to every athlete who has used performance-enhancing drugs in their career.

Fahey also plans to discuss the proposal once the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has completed its investigation into cycling's polluted past.

The scale of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in cycling was revealed in testimonies from 11 of Armstrong's former teammates, who received six-month bans.

Many in the sport believe the way forward is to set up a 'Truth and -Reconciliation -Commission' and offer an amnesty for wrongdoers who come clean.

"It's not up to cycling to decide on an amnesty; it is a matter that the World Anti-Doping Agency would decide," the Daily Mirror quoted Fahey, as saying.

"But do you leave it as simply cycling, or do you say: 'Well look, let's have an amnesty across the board and if there is a problem in any other sport let everybody come clean and let's start again'?" he added.

However, British cyclist David Millar, banned for two years for doping in 2004, opposed the idea, insisting: "If you did -something wrong there needs to be some culpability. We can't just draw a line now and pretend nothing happened in the past."

"We have to accept where we have been and where we are now, that's the only way to move forward," he added. (ANI)

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