Thursday, February 9, 2017

Draft Outline of Japan's First Bill Designating Doping an Illegal Act Revealed

translated by Brett Larner

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, an outline of the bipartisan Sports Parliamentary Council's in-progress draft for Japan's first doping countermeasure bill was revealed in an interview with a source involved in deliberations.  The bill does not establish criminal punishment for violators, but it would designate doping as an illegal act for the first time and would facilitate obtaining top athletes' personal information through a public institution in exceptional cases to aid in detecting fraudulent activities that violate anti-doping provisions.  The legislation would enhance the ability to collect information on athletes, making it a useful tool for establishing plans for investigations.

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