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Fuentes and co-defendent found guilty. Fuentes sentenced to 1 year in jail (which he will not actually serve due to Spanish law), the other defendent sentenced to 4 months (again no actual jail time).

They will destory all blood bags and documents relating to the trial instead of handing them over to WADA

 

Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor at the center of doping cases in Spain (cycling, athletics, tennis, football), has stated that if he could speak, the Spanish national team would be stripped of the European Championship and the World Cup

 

Més que un cheats.  Discuss.

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At the time the facts before the court happened, doping wasnt punishable by ordinary law in Spain, only if athletes' health was put at risk because of it (something which is tricky to prove). The law has been changed since then, but you cant do that retroactively, so there's always little that could be done in this case in particular. It isn't a coverup, just a product of a law that was behind the times.

 

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Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor at the center of doping cases in Spain (cycling, athletics, tennis, football), has stated that if he could speak, the Spanish national team would be stripped of the European Championship and the World Cup

 

A pretty nonsensical claim to make by him given that he was arrested and the ring busted in 2006, two years before the first Euros we won.

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The desperate words of a man jacked up on performance enhancing drugs.

 

A nation's shame.

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At the time the facts before the court happened, doping wasnt punishable by ordinary law in Spain, only if athletes' health was put at risk because of it (something which is tricky to prove). The law has been changed since then, but you cant do that retroactively, so there's always little that could be done in this case in particular. It isn't a coverup, just a product of a law that was behind the times.

 

Does it matter if it's cover by ordinary law if they're breaking the rules of the governing sports body?  Athletes get banned for taking over the counter supplements which have substances which are banned for competition even though they aren't illegal as such.

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At the time the facts before the court happened, doping wasnt punishable by ordinary law in Spain, only if athletes' health was put at risk because of it (something which is tricky to prove). The law has been changed since then, but you cant do that retroactively, so there's always little that could be done in this case in particular. It isn't a coverup, just a product of a law that was behind the times.

 

Does it matter if it's cover by ordinary law if they're breaking the rules of the governing sports body?  Athletes get banned for taking over the counter supplements which have substances which are banned for competition even though they aren't illegal as such.

 

The governing sports bodies can do as they seem fit; the rationale behind our lenient old law was that it was up to sports bodies' to set the rules and police their privately-organised competitions.

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