Spanish 'drug' doc to go behind the bars for 1 yr over cyclist doping

Last Updated: Wed, May 01, 2013 05:40 hrs

A Spanish doctor, who has been accused of running one of the largest sports doping rings in the world, has received a one-year suspended sentence for endangering public health.

Eufemiano Fuentes was convicted over his role in supplying blood transfusions to professional cyclists, although he was charged under public health laws because doping was not illegal in Spain at the time, the BBC reports.

According to the report, following a raid of Fuentes' office in 2006, police found some 200 bags of frozen blood and plasma, which helped them in bringing the case against the doctor.

According to the report, the judge had denied access to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Spain's domestic authorities to use the blood samples to test whether athletes from other sports were involved in the doping ring, and had ordered that the bags be destroyed.

The report further said that the Madrid court also struck Fuentes off as a medical doctor for four years and has fined him 4,650 euros, along with the suspended sentence.

However, Fuentes said that the aim of the blood transfusions was to protect the health of athletes and improve their performance during training.

Fuentes further said that he had worked with athletes, footballers and boxers, as well as cyclists, although he did not say whether he had helped them dope.

Spain has passed anti-doping legislation since 2006, and parliament is expected to vote on an anti-doping bill later this year that would bring Spanish law into line with WADA's guidelines, the report added. (ANI)

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