Doping cases must be dealt with quicker: Bubka

Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:33am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - Doping cases in athletics need to be dealt with quicker and cheats punished with tougher sanctions, IAAF vice president Sergey Bubka said on Thursday with his sport confronted by allegations of hundreds of suspicious past tests.

"We need to see how to speed up the process between cases and decisions," he told Reuters in an interview. "That needs to be quicker.

"We need to be looking at what can be improved, tougher sanctions, legal challenges," added Bubka, who has long favored tougher sanctions for doping offenders past the current two years with his sport's credibility hit with every positive test.

"We must look at it from the legal side and see what can be tougher."

Former Olympic champion pole vaulter Bubka is running for world athletics governing body's presidency and goes up against Sebastian Coe in next week's vote in Beijing ahead of the world championships.

Bubka said he had talked with the World Anti-doping Agency about the need to boost cooperation, improve the overall system of testing and processing cases and the need for more funds.

"We will continue to fight, to cooperate with WADA and the International Olympic speak openly about the future," said the Ukrainian.

"If we need to make rules and regulations more tough then no question from my side."   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and pole vault legend Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, speaks to the press upon his arrival at the Juan Santamaria international airport in Alajuela August 5, 2015.  The two men bidding to lead world athletics into a new era, Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka, offered contrasting reactions on Wednesday to the latest doping storm to engulf the sport's governing IAAF. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate