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Bach supports plan for four-year doping suspension

International Olympic Committee supremo Thomas Bach on Wednesday strongly defended a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) proposal to increase the first-offence doping suspension period from two to four years.

He said the penalty increase would protect "the clean athletes and therefore must be our ultimate goal. That must be the first priority," the IOC chief said at the World Conference on Doping in Johannesburg.

Doping officials from around the world are in Johannesburg until Friday discussing Wada's plans, which would take effect on January 1, 2015.

There is little doubt that the four-year ban will be approved by a majority of the conference participants.


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