• China formally criminalizes doping

December 28, 2020

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- China has formally criminalized doping as its top legislature voted to adopt Amendment XI to its criminal law on Saturday.

The historical move in China's anti-doping fight took place when the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress voted to add the amendment to Article 355.

It stipulates that anyone who lures, instigates or cheats athletes into using banned substances in either domestic or international competitions faces up to three years' imprisonment and a fine. Heavier punishments will be given to those organizing or forcing athletes into using banned substances, while knowingly offering banned substances to athletes is also a criminal offence.

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