UK Sport issues funding ban promise

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Any British athlete caught up in the latest drugs scandal to rock athletics faces a life ban from receiving funding if doping is proved.

UK Sport funds 1,300 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes, but chief executive Liz Nicholl warned the body has a zero tolerance approach to doping.

Nicholl expressed concern at allegations from German broadcaster ARD/WDR after it gained access to a database containing more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. It claimed more than 800 athletes - and a third of all medallists in endurance events at recent Olympics and World Championships - had suspicious blood test results.


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Nicholl told Press Association Sport: "My thoughts on this is that no matter how unpalatable the revelations are, the truth has got to be told so that the integrity of the sport is protected.

"We have a zero tolerance of doping. Any athlete who has a case to answer is suspended [from the funding programme] and if they are found guilty of a serious doping offence they are banned from receiving the funding for life."

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