Germany set for anti-doping law

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15 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Germany is set to make possession of forbidden substances a criminal offence in order to fight doping in sport more effectively, the head of the parliamentary sports commission, Peter Danckert, said on Monday. "I believe that we can only make decisive progress in the fight against doping if possession becomes a criminal offence," Danckert said. Doping is not a criminal offence under federal German law. Sanctions are only imposed by sports federations if an athlete is found g

15 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Germany is set to make possession of forbidden substances a criminal offence in order to fight doping in sport more effectively, the head of the parliamentary sports commission, Peter Danckert, said on Monday.

"I believe that we can only make decisive progress in the fight against doping if possession becomes a criminal offence," Danckert said.

Doping is not a criminal offence under federal German law. Sanctions are only imposed by sports federations if an athlete is found guilty of substance abuse. Other countries such as Italy or Spain have introduced state laws to tackle doping.

Danckert said he expected a vote in parliament to take place in summer. He said that a first anti-doping law could be limited to a few years in order to test whether it is effective.

DPA

Subject: German news

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