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Spain getting strict on dopers ahead of IOC visit

Mar 8, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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Ten days before the IOC touches down for its evaluation of Madrid as a potential 2020 Olympics host city, the Spanish government announced legislation meant to tighten doping restrictions and install stricter penalties on violators.

If parliament passes the legislation, the current anti-doping agency will be replaced by the agency for the protection of health in sport, and, according to Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saez de Santamaria, it will put Spain’s code in line with the World Anti-doping Agency’s code.

“This law is much more advanced than the previous regulations,” she said. “Its fundamental objective is to protect the health of sportsmen and women, and as such will increase the fight against doping and and the independence of the agency dedicated to this goal.”

Fines would be increased to about $521,000, and testing athletes in the middle of the night would now be permitted if there is sufficient cause and that cause is explained to said athlete. Well played, Spain.

Well played.