Sebastian Coe promised he would fight for tougher penalties for drugs cheats after being elected unopposed as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
Lord Coe said he was disappointed when the BOA’s lifetime ban for athletes who are found guilty of doping was overturned in court in May, and that he will seek to enforce a zero-tolerance approach. Coe, the chairman of London 2012 who was elected by acclamation at a meeting of British summer and winter Olympic sports, said he would consider all options.
He told a news conference in London: “You know where I come from over drugs. I’ve been battling that for as long as I’ve effectively been a competitor.
“My stance is non-negotiable and this organisation was quite right to believe it has to be within the interests and power of the organisation to decide what is best for that organisation.
The World Anti-Doping Agency, which took the BOA to court over its lifetime ban policy, will announce changes to its code in January.
Wada currently has a two-year minimum ban for serious doping offences, and the BOA is among those who want the minimum suspension lengthened to four years.