Norwegian parliament to criminalize doping in sports

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A joint justice committee is behind a proposal that will make doping in sports illegal, allowing authorities to take prize money from athletes convicted of doping.

“We consider doping an economic crime,” the Conservative Party’s justice policy spokesman Peter Frølich told newspaper Nationen.

Thus, it is likely that doping will have a place in Norwegian criminal law, a proposal put forward in the wake of the doping scandal during the Ski World Cup in Austria 2019 when several athletes were caught taking doping.

“For the Norwegian police to be able to do as their colleagues in Austria, changes in the law are required. We are doing that now,” Frølich explained.

One consequence of this change will probably be that the doping regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be aligned with Norwegian law. 

That means that Norwegian law will continuously update banned substances in sports using the WADA regulations, according to Nationen.

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