Russia to pass law against doping abuse in sports by end of 2016

The Russian Olympic Committee chief believes that those encouraging doping abuse should face criminal charges.

President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov assures that the law on the fight against performing enhancing drugs in sports will be adopted by the end of 2016, ROC President Emeritus Vitaly Smirnov said on Thursday. 

"We believe that the responsibility for encouraging into doping abuse, especially young athletes, must be toughened up to the criminal responsibility," Smirnov said. "The bill was subjected to relevant amendments following its first reading in the State Duma and this issue will be a priority in the future."

"Zhukov has pledged that he would do his utmost for the law to be adopted this year," Smirnov added.

First published by TASS.

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