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.