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THOSE who administer or supply doping products to athletes should be pursued by the law as criminals, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee has recommended.

Having spent two and a half years investigating allegations of doping in athletics and cycling, the DCMS committee published its highly critical report yesterday.

DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins said: "Our key recommendation is the power to create a legal framework to really go after those who supply doping products to athletes. It would add more rigour to the system. There would be more responsibility on the part of doctors and teams to keep proper medical records, and there would be more surveillance of that.

"Take Sir Dave Brailsford's evidence to us. When asked if riders other than Sir Bradley Wiggins could have been given (the corticosteroid) triamcinolone, he said not to his knowledge. So he was not across what was going on in the team.

"Criminalising the suppliers would also help UK Anti-Doping in terms of the investigatory firepower it could call upon. We think it would help everybody."

The committee had considered calling for doping, as a whole, to be criminalised, as has happened in countries such as France and Italy.

But the report said: "We do not think it would be effective to subject doping athletes to criminal procedures and penalties. Longer bans on competing are likely to be more of a disincentive to them, and will avoid placing an extra burden on law enforcement bodies such as the police and courts."

As well as going after the enablers and suppliers, the committee advocates increasing the maximum ban for first-time offenders from four years to five so they would miss two Olympic or Paralympic Games.

It also believes UKAD and the other anti-doping authorities are hugely under-resourced - a point they would not dispute.

The government department that the committee holds to account increased its annual grant to UKAD by PS3m in January but the report suggests the bill for a fit-for-purpose s y s t e s h o u really footed "It is important that World Doping Agency UKAD adequately funded deal with problem of doping report anti-Doping mandate m l d be by sport. s imporat both the Anti-Dopgency and are adefunded to th the huge probdoping in sport," the said. "These important ping bodies cannot fulfil their te with insufficient funding."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 6, 2018
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