UKA chief welcomes longer bans
UK Athletics chief Neil Black believes track and field's move to reintroduce four-year bans for drug cheats will be good news for the GB team.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday approved a return to the stiffer sanctions for "serious doping offences" from the start of 2015.
"We support what the IAAF have decided," said Black, the UKA performance director and acting head coach, at a press conference in Moscow ahead of the World Championships.
"We'll carry on the same as we always have done, being supportive of sensible decisions that lead to the sport being competitive at every level.
"I think the great performances of British athletes are on the basis of hard training, great coaching, great planning, and people basically working their balls off on a daily basis.
"As the performance director I have to work with athletes and coaches every day, have to look them in the eye and have to believe that the performances they produce are based on hard work. And that's exactly what I do."
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge also welcomed the move back to a stiffer penalty.
"I think it is wise. The IOC and IAAF have always used all the opportunities on the actual (World Anti-Doping Agency) code to get a four-year sanction when needed," Rogge said.
The new WADA code will be up for approval at the World Conference in Doping in Sport held in Johannesburg from November 12 to 15.
IAAF president Lamine Diack said the sport's fight against doping was one "that will never end", with vice-president Sergiy Bubka claiming hardening the stance on cheats was "the only way to succeed".