Sep 12, 2014 5:46 AM

Austria tightens anti-doping laws after Sochi case

The Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) Austria is tightening its anti-doping laws, making it illegal for athletes to work with coaches and officials who have been banned in doping cases.

Austria sports minister Gerald Klug told national radio station Oe1 on Friday the new rules include "an increased focus on the athlete's entourage."

Klug said testing will concentrate more on sports with a history of doping.

The laws, which will take effect in 2015 barring rejection by the Austrian Parliament, come less than a year after Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr was expelled from the Sochi Olympics for testing positive for the blood booster EPO.

Austria has been increasing its fight against banned substances since its biathlon and cross-country teams were caught up in a blood doping scandal at the 2006 Turin Olympics.


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