Australian athletes will be asked to sign non-doping declarations

Last Updated: 02/11/12 2:41pm

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The Australian Olympic Committee is ready to take a hard line on doping in the wake of the drugs scandal that has rocked the world of cycling.

All Australian athletes, coaches and officials will be asked to sign a statement saying they have never engaged in doping under a proposal from AOC president John Coates.

Coates said he did not want the AOC to suffer the same fate as cycling, which has had its image tarnished by the Lance Armstrong scandal.

"If they don't sign, they don't go to the Games, they won't be selected," Coates said. "What I don't want is for the AOC to have egg on its face like cycling has.

"In my opinion we simply cannot allow the name of the AOC to be damaged, like that of the International Cycling Union, for not having taken every reasonable step possible to ensure that no person in authority on our Olympic team has a doping history."

He plans to put the proposal to the AOC executive board at a meeting in Melbourne this month and it could impact athletes competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the next summer Olympics in Brazil.

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