ESPN and the Associated Press report that The World Anti-Doping Agency said it is against the imposition of criminal sanctions on cheating athletes despite a tougher code that will come into effect on Jan. 1.
This comes after news of a recently proposed German law that would punish cheating athletes with criminal sentences of up to three years in jail.
“An athlete should be sanctioned under the sports rules which have been developed over many years,” WADA President Craig Reedie said, “and he should not be sanctioned under criminal law.”
Reedie distanced himself from a German draft law, which cites jail terms of up to three years for professional athletes caught using, or possessing, performance-enhancing drugs. The bill is expected to go to the Cabinet for approval in April.
“People who say: ‘If you cheat, you will be put in jail,’ that is not something with which we are comfortable,” Reedie said. “We do not believe that that should happen.”