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During a government meeting, officials approved Healthcare Ministry’s developed project of rules that provide for forming a Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee and Therapeutic Use Exceptions Committee, as well as establish terms for both committee members.
«Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee will review violations of antidoping regulations and make appropriate decisions in each case. This committee will consist of representatives from Latvian Medical Association, the Latvian Olympic Committee, the Latvian Sports Federation Council, the Latvian Olympic League and the Latvian Academy of Sports Education – two from each institution. Rules state the order in which these organizations provide specialists,» Healthcare Ministry explains.
Therapeutic Use Exceptions Committee will consist of at least three doctors from Latvian Medical Association.
The ministry adds that candidates from all aforementioned institutions are to be approved in their posts for terms that do not exceed four years with an option to be re-elected. This means the total number of years per member can reach eight years. «This will ensure lower corruption risk, better independence and objectivity in decision-making processes. To prevent a conflict of interests, people part of the Appeal Commission will not be allowed to be elected members of either Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee or Therapeutic Use Exceptions Committee,» Healthcare Ministry explains.