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Saturday, 12 February 2005

Doing Drugs in Paris

It is reported that Paris will change their drug laws; in order to comply with the requirements of the International Olympic Committee, and not jeopardise their bid to stage the 2012 Olympics.

In a statement Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said:

"Bidding cities whose drug laws are not in compliance with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency will be changing their laws in order to comply with them."

Seemingly, in the view of the IOC, French drug rules are too strict. France has stringent anti-doping laws, which allow the police access to any sports event to carry out drugs tests and impose penalties.

The IOC rules state that during the Olympics, the only drug tests on athletes are carried out by IOC-accredited officials and drug cheats are thrown out of the Olympics - if they won medals, they are taken away - but no other punishment is imposed.

Bans are decided later by the federations.

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