Australia, UK announce joint agreement on doping

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SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia and Britain have reached an agreement to fight doping in sport in both countries, pooling investigations and intelligence in the leadup to the 2012 London Olympics.

Australian Sport Minister Mark Arbib said Sunday that the agreement between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and UK Anti-Doping "goes beyond information-sharing, it provides a framework for the organizations to use their combined expertise to assess doping issues and trends and work out how to best deal with them."

Under the agreement, UK Anti-Doping could advise ASADA that a new performance-enhancing substance was being used in Britain.