MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s parliament on Thursday approved draft legislation that would impose fines of up to 50,000 rubles ($775) on athletes found to have used banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Russia has been rocked by several sporting bans in recent years after international investigations found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in athletics and a string of other sports.
Amendments - Fines - Rubles - Drug - Cheats
The amendments, which envisage fines of between 30,000 and 50,000 rubles for drug cheats, must still be approved by the upper chamber of parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin before they become law.
Russian legislation already considers it a crime for coaches and medical staff to coerce athletes into doping, but there have so far not been any convictions under that law.
Law - Russia
There is currently no law in Russia that punishes athletes themselves...
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