Lawmaker seeks to regulate performance enhancing drugs

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A LADY solon has filed a proposal that would regulate the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports.

House Deputy Majority Leader and Antipolo City Rep. Cristina RoaPuno said with less than two years before the next Olympics, the country must act swiftly on the problem of doping in sports.

At present, Puno said the country has limited laws that regulate drugs or narcotics under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“When we think about doping, we immediately think drugs, but substances banned by the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) can also be found in dietary supplements and may even be in grocery and food items found in health food stores and online. This is why it is important that we act fast and safeguard our athletes from these banned substances,” said Puno.

It can be recalled that national player Kiefer Ravena was suspended for 18 months by FIBA for “unknowingly” ingesting WADA-prohibited substances from an energy drink.

Ravena blamed the pre-workout drink named “DUST”.

Puno said House Bill 8544 will ensure that the Philippines complies with its duties as a state party to the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, and adopt an anti-doping policy in agreement with the principles of fairness, equity, legality, and transparency in sporting activities. It also seeks to promote the health of athletes globally, including their fundamental rights to participate in doping-free sports. — Leifbilly Begas

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