How bad is it?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The skinny on doping in the Olympic sports:

- Drug policy contains far more punitive measures than pro sports: two-year ban for first offence, lifetime ban for second.

- Despite the penalties, the headlines keep coming. One of the latest: nine Iranian weightlifters, from a team of 11, failed tests, forcing the entire team to withdraw from the world championship.

- Also caught doping in the last several weeks: three track and field athletes from Hungary, an 18-year-old female gymnast from Belarus, a German triathlete, a Bulgarian weightlifter and a shot putter from Finland.

- On the eve of the '06 Tour de France, nine cyclists withdrew after news of a doping probe broke in Spain.

- Tour winner Floyd Landis of the U.S. flunked a test taken after the second-last stage of the race.

- American Justin Gatlin, the world's fastest man, announced on July 29 he had tested positive at a meet earlier in the year.

- Anti-drug czar Dick Pound: "Cycling has had a very bad year. Track and field has had a very bad year. Weightlifting has been out of control for years."


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