SPORT INDEX


SEARCH 2000 Games


Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Government promises crackdown on athletes avoiding doping obligations

 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government will consider sporting sanctions against national sporting federations whose athletes continually avoid doping tests.

 The Australian Sports Drug Agency, which is conducting random out-of-competition doping tests on athletes of all nationalities leading up to the Sydney Olympics has admitted some athletes evaded testing by failing to give accurate contact details.

 Athletes had evaded tests simply by not answering their telephones or relocating to remote areas, The Australian newspaper reported Tuesday.

 Australia's sports minister Jackie Kelly said the government planned to "close the loophole" by imposing sanctions on serial evaders.

 Drug agency chief executive Natalie Howson has called for a tougher approach, saying a recent investigation had uncovered the "very real problem."

 Howson said a solution would be for all sports to adopt a system imposed by FINA, the international swimming federation, which provides for four-year bans for swimmers who cannot be contacted three consecutive times for doping tests.

 "We don't have any problems getting in touch with swimmers," Howson said.

 Sport by Sport
PARALYMPICS
Purdy's golden moment
WRESTLING
IOC strips gold medal
TENNIS
Nestor's golden win hits home
BOXING
Harrison starts in Britain
WEIGHTLIFTING
Bulgarian coach resigns
TRACK & FIELD
Student suspended for e-mail threats
CANOE/KAYAK
Bridesmaid Brunet
PENTATHLON
Brit wins women's modern pentathlon
TRIATHLON
Simon's our man
BASKETBALL
Dream Team hangs on for another gold
WATER POLO
Hungary destroys Russia in title game
GYMNASTICS
Barsukova wins rhythmic gold in an upset
EQUESTRIAN
Wind dashes Millar's medal hopes
VOLLEYBALL
Yugoslavia beats Russia for gold
DIVING
Despatie arrives early
FIELD HOCKEY
Netherlands retains Olympic title
TAEKWONDO
Bosshart wins bronze in taekwondo
SYNCHRO
Ironic performance wins bronze
SAILING
Clarke retires after finishing 17th