You understand wrong: first offense is a 4-year ban (e.g., EPO, steroids, testosterone, peptides, amphetamines, etc.). An ABP infraction (e.g., blood doping) is also 4 years as well as a refusal to submit a sample for testing (if they really wanted to clean up this sport, the IAAF would make it a lifetime ban for the first offense!).
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Then why was he hit with a 4-year ban? - the same given to an athlete who is busted for doping for a first offense.
As I understand it, athletes get a 2-year suspension for their first offense and 4 years for the second. I'm not sure whether it was the arbitration panel or USADA that decided Salazar's penalty, but they need to explain why they gave him a punishment usually given to actual recidivist dopers.
"Explain why they gave him a punishment usually given to actual recidivist dopers." Ha...too funny, Al Sal should cut his losses and just be glad he didn't get a 10 year or lifetime ban like the Russian coaches are getting hammered with. Lol.