16 December 2017
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“No Needle” policy will take effect immediately”

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Cycling’s governing body has toughened anti-doping rules by limiting when riders can receive injections.

The International Cycling Union says its “No Needle” policy will take effect immediately. It prohibits injections of recovery-boosting “vitamins, sugars, enzymes and amino acids.”

The UCI says injections must be justified by medical science, and most legitimate uses of needles must be reported within 24 hours.

The new rules allow riders, teams and doctors to be sanctioned.

Riders can be suspended up to six months and fined $116,000 for a first offense. Teams face exclusion from races if an illegal injection is given.

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