• CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST ATHLETICS CHEATS

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    PARIS, France: Calls mounted on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) for more stringent punishments for dope cheats in athletics and tighter controls on food supplements after two of the world’s fastest men returned positive tests for banned drugs. High-profile sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell both failed controls for proscribed substances, sending shockwaves through athletics just over a month away from the world champion-ships in Moscow. The International Association of Athletics Federations responded by saying that the results were an indicator that its drug-testing programs were effective. But current and former athletes, as well as administrators, expressed concern at the wider impact of the news—and called for a tougher line on drug cheats.

    AFP

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