German athletes who test positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs could now face prison after the country’s controversial new anti-doping law officially came into force.
The legislation, passed by Germany’s Lower House, the Bundestag, and the second chamber, the Bundesrat, in November, passed into the statute books after it was signed into law by President Joachim Gauck.
Under the law, sportsmen and women who test positive for drugs or are found guilty of possession of banned substance can face prison terms of up to three years.
Those who provide them with the substances, including doctors and coaches, can be jailed for up to 10 years.
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