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SBD Global/July 19, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Spain Anti-Doping Agency Head Ana Muñoz Discusses Combating Doping, Match-Fixing

Spain Anti-Doping Agency Head Ana Muñoz "discussed both match-fixing and doping in a press conference on Wednesday," according to Pol Pareja of EL PAIS. Muñoz's agency will now "also direct a team of professionals focused on investigating match-fixing." Muñoz: "We are working on a reform of the Penal Code to be able to assume jurisdiction in this field because we believe that the existing legislation is insufficient. Starting in October these procedures will begin." Muñoz recognized that there are ongoing investigations, but when asked if they involve La Liga clubs, she said, "It is difficult to answer this without revealing the games we are currently considering." Muñoz said that Spain's recent approval of a new anti-doping law has helped change Spain's int'l reputation on the subject of doping. Muñoz: "After being hired, I had to go to an international meeting in Strasbourg, France and I only heard criticism of our country. It was said that Spain's legislation interfered with fulfilling the World Anti-Doping Code. Now, this has changed and international organizations congratulate me." Regarding cycling's "eternal fight against doping," Muñoz said that her agency "has facts, which will be published a week from Friday, that demonstrate that it is not the sport with the most doping cases" and added that she believes it is "possible to clean up these competitions." Muñoz: "We have to decide if we want the sport to be a spectacle or a school of values" (EL PAIS, 7/17).
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