Germany passes first anti-doping law

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6 July 2007, BERLIN (AP) _ The German parliament passed the nation's first anti-doping law, making it a criminal offense to possess and deal in performance-enhancing drugs.

6 July 2007

BERLIN (AP) _ The German parliament passed the nation's first anti-doping law, making it a criminal offense to possess and deal in performance-enhancing drugs.

Producing and dealing with doping substances will now be considered a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The possession of "not marginal amounts" of drugs will also be punishable.

"The athlete will not be privileged, but be a delinquent, if he participates in this highly criminal system," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

Schaeuble also said that athletes caught taking performance-enhancing drugs can now be charged.

According to the new law, federal police will be in charge of investigating international traffic in doping substances. Medication that can be used for doping will be provided with a warning notice.

German sports has been marred by an ongoing doping scandal in cycling.

AP

Subject: German news

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