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WMM Toughens Doping Penalties

February 22, 2013 at 2:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The six World Marathon Majors races have toughened their penalties on athletes caught doping, and the message is this: You will pay, literally.

World Marathon Majors (WMM) members Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York have revised their elite athlete contracts to include stricter penalties, giving the events the right to suspend payment and to demand repayment of prize money, appearances fees, and performance bonuses for any athlete found in violation of a criminal offense involving drugs, anti-doping rules, or if for any other reason the athlete’s result has been nullified by a relevant governing body.

The WWM had previously agreed that any athlete found guilty of a doping offense would not be invited back to its races.

"This is a great initiative and a very positive and strong move by the World Marathon Majors, which is once again leading the field by example,” said Paula Radcliffe, the current women’s world record-holder in the marathon and past winner of the London, Chicago, and ING New York City Marathons. “I would love to see all major events follow its lead.”

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