Many doping cheats banned from 2020 Olympics free to compete in 2021 Games

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Hundreds of doping cheats ineligible for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be able to compete in next year’s rescheduled Games as they will have served their bans.

The World Anti Doping Agency confirmed yesterday that suspensions handed out were for “specific lengths of time” rather than particular events.

A Wada spokesman told Mirror Sport: “Periods of ineligibility imposed under the World Anti-Doping Code are for specific lengths of time and include all competitions which take place during that period.

“There is no provision in the Code for Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) to cherry-pick periods of time in which the athlete would have more or fewer events to compete in.

“While an athlete cannot choose when he or she would like to be ineligible, an ADO cannot either.”

According to the insidethegames.biz website the bans of 214 athletes expire before May next year.

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