3 Apr 2014

Wada takes four-year ban for Ostapchuk

2:08 pm on 3 April 2014

The World Anti-Doping Agency says the Olympic drug cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk will not receive a life ban.

The Belarussian shot-putter has received a four-year ban for failed drugs Test from the 2012 Olympic Games and a re-test of a 2005 sample.

Valerie Adams expressed her frustration that the IAAF didn't impose a lifetime ban.

Wada director general David Howman says the two tests were treated as one and therefore under International Athletics Federation rules a four-year ban is correct.

Howman says the rules didn't allow the IAAF to treat the 2005 failed test separately.

Howman says a new code coming into force next year will hand out heavier penalties and would hopefully overcome this issue.