Spain passes decree to prevent night-time doping controls

According to this article, “Spain’s government has approved a royal decree allowing the nation’s athletes to refuse anti-doping controls in the country between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. The decree also applies to foreign athletes training in Spain or resident in the country, El Pais daily reported Tuesday.”

Interesting. I wonder what World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is going to say about this? I support strong testing measures, but think it’s reasonable that athletes only be testing during “business” hours and not late at night. A test at 9am isn’t going to reveal any less (as far as banned substances are concerned) than one done at 11:30pm the night before.

5 Responses

  1. Diane says:

    I think it’s good idea. It’s not as though the bad stuff will magically exit the system, just because someone slept through the night. It’s my humble opinion that little common sense would go a long way, in this area.

  2. faecoleman says:

    Yes, I agree, far too far fetched, the whole thing.

  3. kalliopeia says:

    What I don’t get is how Spain’s government has any authority in how they conduct the testing. I think it’s a good idea, but I don’t really get how this will work.

    • miri says:

      Yeah,I don’t see how any local government could supersede the drug rules – if so, what would be the purpose of having them?