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FIFA latest to commit to anti-doping code

After months of wrangling, soccer's governing body has committed to enacting a global anti-doping code before the Summer Olympics.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound agreed on a "road map" leading to the formal adoption of the doping rules by the soccer body in May, three months before the Athens Games begin.

FIFA has expressed opposition to WADA's provision for two-year bans for serious offenses, insisting each violation should be handled on a case-by-case basis.

In a joint statement, the two sides agreed "all doping cases must be looked at and determined uniquely, in the spirit of individual case management."

The code sets out uniform rules and sanctions across all sports and all countries. The IOC has warned that any sport failing to adopt the code will be dropped from the Olympics. Cycling remains the only other major Olympic sport which has not accepted it.

SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES: Five athletes will be stripped of medals after failing drug tests. Those from Vietnam are Hoang Hong Anh (two gold medals in canoeing), Nguyen Thi Diu (three golds in fin diving), Nguyen Mai Quynh (a silver in the triple jump) and Pham Toan Thang (three golds in fin diving). Judo silver medalist Aye Aye Thine of Myanmar also tested positive.

OLYMPICS

Mayor opposes cameras

Stelios Benetatos, the mayor of the western Athens suburb Nikea, ordered municipal workers to disable three surveillance cameras with spray paint because residents don't want everything they do recorded without permission. It was the first direct act of defiance against the thousands of cameras being installed to bolster security for the Summer Games. Benetatos claimed the actions did not violate any laws because the police and public works ministry had not sought the town's approval to install the cameras. Nikea will play host to weightlifting events.

ELECTION: Iraqi sports officials will choose a new national committee today, picking a president to replace Saddam Hussein's son Odai. The IOC suspended the Iraqi committee in May after the fall of Saddam's regime. Iraqis hope the new committee paves the way for the IOC to lift the suspension so their athletes can compete this summer.

SOCCER

Donovan staying put

Landon Donovan is unlikely to be loaned to Portsmouth of England's Premier League because of FIFA's new transfer regulations. Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric said Monday his team had reached agreements with the 21-year-old forward along with the MLS and the German team Bayer Leverkusen, who share his rights. But FIFA told the U.S. federation it must limit transfers to two periods per year. The MLS can obtain players from foreign teams Jan. 1-March 31 and Aug. 15-Sept. 15.

AUTOS

DEI's Norris steps down

Ty Norris, vice president for motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc., has resigned after eight years with the organization, thatsracin.com reported. Norris said he stepped down Monday and is going to "take some time" before pursuing other job offers, according to the Web site. Norris would not comment on why he left. Richie Gilmore, who has worked most recently as head engine builder, will take a front office role that will encompass much of what Norris did, the Charlotte Observer reported.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will make his only pro tour appearance this year at the T-Mobile International on Sept. 12 in San Francisco.

SKIING: Former World Cup downhill champion Regina Haeusl of Germany tore left-knee ligaments during a practice run and could miss the rest of the season.

VOLLEYBALL: The international federation will end gender tests for athletes, the final global organization to stop them.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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