AOC to propose athletes declare no past doping

Updated: November 1, 2012, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates will propose that future Australian Olympic team members sign a statutory declaration saying they have no "doping history."

In a statement Friday, Coates said that in a zero-tolerance approach, "if they don't sign, they don't go to the games, they won't be selected. What I don't want is for the AOC to have egg on its face like cycling has."

Coates will put his proposal to the AOC executive board at a meeting later this month.

The move follows the resignation or firing of Australian cycling officials Matt White and Stephen Hodge. They admitted to doping earlier in their careers following the release of evidence in the Lance Armstrong doping case that saw the American rider lose his seven Tour de France titles.

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