Associating with drug cheats forbidden in 2015 code
Beginning this year, athletes in Olympic sports who work with trainers, coaches or agents who have been banned for doping will be in jeopardy of receiving a ban, as well.
The most noteworthy of the new rules in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2015 code is a prohibition from working with people who have been sanctioned themselves. Among those currently banned is Lance Armstrong’s one-time trainer, Michele Ferrari. Since he was banned, Ferrari has been photographed meeting with members of other cycling teams.
Until the new code went into effect, there was no specific penalty for an athlete who dealt with banned coaches or trainers. Beginning this year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to give athletes a warning if they’re dealing with a banned person. After that, the athlete could be sanctioned.