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SBD Global/May 10, 2013/Olympics
Spanish Olympic Committee President Presents Madrid's Case For 2020 Olympic Bid
Published May 10, 2013
FIGHTING THE WAR: The EFE also reported Blanco assured that doping "is a very difficult war to win," but explained that the country can advance by "winning small battles." Blanco reminded the forum that the COE administered 11,000 drug tests in the past year. He highlighted that only 1.2% of the tests yielded positive results, meaning 98.8% "of the Spanish athletes are clean." Blanco confirmed that one way to combat doping is to make penalties harsher for everyone involved in doping cases, including those who sell, make and consume the drugs. Blanco: "We have to have a conscience that we cannot relax in the fight against doping. It can't be that one person can do so much harm to sport and to health, and laugh at the whole world." Referring to Operation Puerto, it seemed to Blanco "a true embarrassment that someone (referring to Eufemiano Fuentes) had made a business with doping" (EFE, 5/9).