The Spanish government has presented stricter legislation to bring back the country in line with standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Last March, Spain was declared as “non-complaint” by WADA. The World Anti-Doping Agency also had suspended the accreditation of the Madrid anti-doping laboratory in June.
In 2013, Spain passed a sweeping anti-doping law to match the WADA standards then but that law was made antiquated when WADA strengthened its standards in 2015.
The government of Spain that the new anti-doping legislation has the objective of bringing Spanish legislation in line with the requirements of the World Anti-doping Agency. Now, the Spanish Parliament will have to vote on the proposed modifications to the anti-doping legislation for them to become law. Under the new law, the length of suspensions has been increased for doping from two to four years.
The new legislation would also make punishable anyone complicit in aiding in the doping of an athlete, including doctors, sports clubs and team directors, among others. The proposed law also increases the statute of limitations for doping from eight to 10 years.
Until now, Spain had been facing hurdles to modify its anti-doping legislation due to a political impasse created by two inconclusive elections that finally gave way to a new government in October.