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  • IAAF Seeks 4-Year Drug Ban


    Istvan Gyulai reports to the IAAF Congress in Helsinki. (ATR) 
    (ATR) The IAAF will seek a four-year ban for serious first-time doping offenses and has dropped changes to the false start rule. Both decisions came on the first day of the IAAF Congress in Helsinki, where the 2005 World Championships begin this week.

    The resolution passed by the IAAF does not call for a unilateral change in doping penalties, instead calling for the increased penalty to be adopted as a sports-wide policy at the 2007 World Anti-Doping Conference.

    The proposed change to the false start rule was dropped over concerns from delegates about technology issues, but will be considered again at the 2007 congress at the Osaka championships.

    Under the change, a false start would result in an immediate disqualification. Currently, the first false start is charged to the field, the second results in disqualification.

    In other developments from the IAAF Congress:

    Secretary General Istvan Gyulai reported that the IAAF is "very happy" with the current status of athletics, although it seeks more money for the federation from the IOC share of TV rights, as well as more time on TV during the Olympics.

    Irena Szewins
    Irena Szewinska, IOC member and Olympian, was elected to the IAAF Council. (ATR) 
    ka, five-time Olympian from Poland and an IOC member was elected the third female member of the ruling IAAF Council.

    The IAAF Congress, which includes representatives from more than 200 national governing bodies, will meet one more day in Helsinki, to be followed Friday by the traditional joint session between the IAAF Council and the IOC Executive Board.

    The 10th IAAF World Championships begin August 6 and end on August 14.

    On the scene coverage from the IAAF meetings and world championships in Helsinki at, for subscribers only.