At the FINA Congress in Rio de Janeiro last November, it was decided to
postpone the decision on penalties against federations but at the same time
agreed upon a four year ban for a first offence following a positive drug
test from steroids.
At the next Congress meeting in Atlanta, there was a move by FINA leaders
to revert back to a minimum two year ban. Their argument was based on the
expense of civil litigation caused by appeals. The Australian proposal made
in Rio was owerwhelmingly approved in Atlanta.
When one considers the Jessica Foschi case in the U.S. earlier this year
it is clear that the length of ther ban does not have any bearing on whether
or not a competitor would take his or her case to the courts.
The Atlanta Congress agreed to an ammendment where the federation country
of residence rather than the country of origin will be punished.
If a federation has four positives from anabolic steroids within a 12 month
period from swimmers under their jurisdiction they will receive a suspension
for two years.
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