Germany agrees on tougher anti-doping law

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18 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The possession of large quantities of doping substances is to become a criminal offence in Germany, sports politicians agreed on Thursday.

18 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The possession of large quantities of doping substances is to become a criminal offence in Germany, sports politicians agreed on Thursday.


But the proposed law stopped short of being an anti-doping law as athletes caught with small amounts of forbidden performance-enhancers will remain subject to sanctions by their respective sports federations.

The compromise was reached between representatives of the coalition parties Christian Democrat Union and Social Democratic Party. The proposal is to pass through parliament later in 2007.

Christoph Bergner from the interior ministry said the aim behind the law was to "dry out the networks that trade with doping substances."

The new law, welcomed by German Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach, is to apply to anabolic steroids and substances like Human Growth Hormone and the blood doping substance EPO.

DPA

Subject: German news

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