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Spain's senate passes anti-doping law

Spain's senate passes anti-doping law

Spain's senate passed anti-doping legislation which could see the creation of a national anti-doping agency.
The 'law for the protection of health and the fight against doping in sport' was passed in the senate by a 300-5 margin on Thursday.
The legislation will need to be approved by parliament before it officially becomes law.
Sport minister Jaime Lissavetzky presented the bill as a means of "safeguarding the health and integrity of athletes by chasing those who engage in doping practices that disvirtues sport."
In May, five people _ including two doctors _ were arrested and charged after police seized drugs and frozen blood at a Madrid clinic. The samples seized from the ongoing investigation _ codenamed "Operation Puerto" _ were thought to have been prepared for performance-enhancing transfusions. It forced the withdrawal of several favorites for the Tour de France, and started another investigation on Athens Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton.
Besides ratifying existing sports bills, the legislation provides extra means of amending existing doping laws and the possibility of creating a state anti-doping agency.
"We have to make sure sport is clean," education and science minister Mercedes Cabrera said. "We have to remove the threats that affect the rules of competition and the principles of a clean game."


Updated : 2021-05-12 17:31 GMT+08:00