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PARIS---The World Anti-Doping
Agency said it is against the
imposition of criminal sanctions
on cheating athletes despite a
tougher code that will come into
effect on January 1.
At a meeting of its members
yesterday, WADA also announced
that pledges for the creation of an
anti-doping research fund reached
more than $10 million, matching
the financial investment made by
the International Olympic Com-
mittee. The joint project will there-
fore have a budget of about $20
"An athlete should be sanctioned
under the sports rules which have
been developed over many years,"
WADA President Craig Reedie said,
"and he should not be sanctioned
under criminal law." WADA said it
is working to make sure the labora-
tory in Rio de Janeiro gets re-accred-
ited for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The new anti-doping code will
punish first-time offenders with
four-year bans instead of two years
of suspension. It will also put a
greater emphasis on investigation
and gathering intelligence.
However, Reedie distanced him-
self from a German draft law,
which cites jail terms of up to three
years for professional athletes
caught using, or possessing, per-
formance-enhancing drugs. The
bill is expected to go to the Cabinet
for approval in April.
"People who say: If you cheat,
you will be put in jail, that is not
something with which we are com-
fortable," Reedie said. "We do not
believe that that should happen."
In the fight against doping, WADA
received a financial boost on Sunday
with a three-percent budget increase
for 2015 approved by the foundation
board. It also announced pledges
from the Ivory Coast, Japan, Qatar,
Russia, France, Sweden and Peru,
joining Turkey, Korea, New Zealand,
Saudi Arabia, China and the United
States as donators for its research
fund that will explore new tech-
niques for the detection of prohibited
substances and methods.
In reply to the athletes con-
cerns about the quality of the
doping tests at the Rio Games,
Reedie said WADA is "working
closely" with the national anti-
doping organisation in Brazil.
"It is important that we have
the laboratory in Rio re-accredited
so that it doesn t make any mis-
takes," Reedie said. "It made some
mistakes, which is why it lost its
accreditation. But nothing would
be worse for athletes than to take
part in the competition when they
knew there was any question of
wrong results from a laboratory
that we used to test the samples."
WADA revoked the credentials
of the drug-testing laboratory in
Rio de Janeiro last year because it
failed to comply with the agency s
standards, forcing FIFA to turn to
a Swiss lab for the analysis of the
2014 World Cup samples.
Rita Jeptoo was among the high-
profile cheats this year. She tested
positive in an out-of-competition
test in Kenya in September, a few
weeks before winning her second
consecutive Chicago Marathon.
WADA recently met Kenyan
officials in Cape Town to help them
establish the Anti-Doping Agency
of Kenya with the Norwegian and
Chinese agencies providing tech-
nical training and guidance. (AP)
PLAYA DEL CARMEN---Charley Hoff-
man rallied from a three-shot deficit
yesterday by closing with a 5-under 66
for a one-shot victory over Shawn Ste-
fani in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Hoffman ended another long drought
with his third career victory on the
PGA Tour. He had gone 105 starts
between his first and second victory,
and this time went 108 starts until win-
ning the final PGA Tour event of the
"It s been awhile between wins,"
Hoffman said. "I kept calm and kept
hitting good shots."
He referred to it as a low-stress
round, with a few exceptions, including
the final hole on the El Camaleon course
at this Mexican resort.
Stefani, who closed with a 69, made
an 18-foot birdie putt on the 17th to
get within one shot. Stefani then hit
into a fairway bunker with a lip so steep
that he had no option but to hit sand
wedge some 50 yards short of the green.
Hoffman hit driver that rolled up against
the base of a tree, which forced him to
play a left-handed shot back to the
Hoffman pulled his approach some
30 feet left of the hole. Stefani s pitch
came up woefully short, and he chipped
to five feet. That allowed Hoffman two
putts for the win, and he rolled his par
putt to within 18 inches for a tap-in
Hoffman finished at 17-under 267.
Danny Lee ran off seven straight
birdies on the front nine to take the lead,
but the former US Amateur champion
couldn t hold on. Lee didn t make anoth-
er birdie the rest of the way, dropping
three shots on the back nine for a 67.
He finished two shots behind in a tie
for third with Andres Gonzalez, who
had a 67 for his best career finish.
Jason Bohn, the 54-hole leader, shot
40 on the front to fall out of contention.
He closed with a 74 and tied for sev-
Carlos Ortiz (68) and Oscar Fraustro
(69) both played well in their native
country and tied for ninth. Ortiz was
the Web.com Tour player of the year
in 2014 with three victories. Fraustro
will get into the Sony Open at the start
of next year by finishing in the top 10.
Hoffman goes to Hawaii one week
early by qualifying for the Hyundai
Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.
Hoffman also gets to return to the Mas-
ters for the first time since 2011. (AP)
WADA against jail
terms for athletes
Charley Hoffman rallies
to win in Mexico
of Japan won the Yokohama Inter-
national Women s Marathon yes-
terday in a time of two hours, 26
minutes and 57 seconds.
Tanaka pulled ahead of Kenya s
Philes Ongori with 50 metres left
to claim victory in the last running
of the race. Ongori finished two
Japan s Reia Iwade, appearing in
her first marathon at the age of 19,
was third with a time of 2:27:21.
The race, which originally started
in Tokyo in 1979 and was moved
to Yokohama in 2009 following the
launch of the mass participation
Tokyo Marathon, will be discon-
tinued after this year, reportedly
for financial reasons. (AP)
Japan's Tomomi Tanaka crosses the finish to win the Yokohama
International Women's Marathon in Yokohama, near Tokyo, yesterday.
Tanaka pulled ahead of Kenya's Philes Ongori, background, with 50 metres
left to claim victory in the last running of the race. AP PHOTO
Tanaka edges Ongori in
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