Putin signs strict anti-dop­ing law

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

MOSCOW — Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin yes­ter­day signed a law that in­tro­duces prison terms for coaches and med­i­cal staff who co­erce ath­letes into us­ing banned per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

The law comes into force as Rus­sia is work­ing to clean up its im­age tar­nished by ev­i­dence of state­spon­sored dop­ing that saw its ath­let­ics team and en­tire Par­a­lympics squad ex­cluded from the Rio Games this sum­mer.

The leg­is­la­tion calls for a one-year jail term for of­fi­cials who force a mi­nor to dope or re­sort to vi­o­lence and threats to make an ath­lete dope.

The Rus­sian par­lia­ment and se­nate ap­proved the draft law ear­lier this month.

The law does not out­line any pun­ish­ments for ath­letes who are iden­ti­fied as drug cheats, with law­mak­ers say­ing fur­ther leg­is­la­tion is planned.

Rev­e­la­tion of wide­spread state-backed dop­ing in Rus­sia were con­tained in the McLaren re­port com­mis­sioned by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) and re­leased in the build-up to the Rio Games.

Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties have de­nied the ex­is­tence of a state-run dop­ing pro­gramme and have vowed to crack down on dop­ing.

WADA’s deputy di­rec­tor Rob Koehler said on Sun­day that the cam­paign to re­form Rus­sia’s an­tidop­ing pro­gramme was “on the right track.”

Rus­sian Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Alexan­der Zhukov said this month that the coun­try had cleaned up its dop­ing prob­lem and should now be al­lowed to take part in all in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

The sec­ond part of the McLaren re­port cov­er­ing dop­ing across Rus­sian sport is ex­pected to be re­leased on De­cem­ber 9. — AFP

1. Khama Zim­babwe)

2. Kee­gan Dolly (Mamelodi Sun­downs & South Africa) 3. Rain­ford Kal­aba (TP Mazembe & Zam­bia) 4. Hlom­pho Kekana (Mamelodi Sun­downs & South Africa)

5. De­nis Onyango (Mamelodi Sun­downs & Uganda). — Sport24 Bil­liat (Mamelodi Sun­downs and

Khama Bil­liat

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