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Spain moving to shed drug

Legislators in the Iberian nation, home of such decorated champions as tennis player Rafa Nadal, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso and the world’s best football team, have set up a new body to replace the national anti doping agency (AEA) and armed it with enhanced powers under rules that took effect in July.

The Agency for the Protection of Hea mulberry sale lth in Sport (AEPSAD) is an independent organisation responsible for managi mulberry sale ng and carrying out doping tests rather than leaving them in the hands of national sports federations.

It will administer punishments such as levying fines and be able to suspend licences and has already attracted warm praise from international officials.

“I think Spain’s reputation is vastly improved with the changes they have made,” David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Association (WADA), told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“But now that the rules are in place, it depends on how they carry them out,” he added. “They have to test the right people at the right time.”

AEPSAD has already been flexing its muscles.

Right after the doping law came into effect, the agency conducted tests at the Spanish athletics championships that yielded three “adverse” findings, leading to the suspension of licences until investigations have been completed.

“It’s a reason for sadness, because it means an athlete did not want to respect the rules, but it’s also a sign of work well done, well planned, designed to give results,” then AEPSAD chief Ana Munoz told lawmakers last month.

Now director general of the government’s sports council (CSD), Munoz is credited with restoring credibility to the nation’s efforts to tackle doping.

Among other moves, AEPSAD has intensified its testing programme in football.

Up until last season, only one La Liga match was subject to testing per matchday, with one player from each team providing a urine sample.

Now, six games are tested and for the first time urine and/or blood samples are taken from two players from each team.

The analysis of blood samples is a much more effective means of detecting the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO), among other banned substances.

Legal expert Manuel Quintanar has been named to replace Munoz at AEPSAD and is expected to continue the tougher line.

Along with a background in criminology, his law school thesis dealt with the subject of repentance and the justice system, an mulberry sale area linked to successful anti doping probes in which athletes’ confessions play a key role.

“I will always have my hand out to athletes who made a mistake. I ask them to be big enough to recognise their mistakes openly and bravely,” Quintanar said at his presentation in Madrid this month.

“They have to understand that their role is fundamental to put the past behind us once and for all and to guarantee a credible future for Spanish sport,” he added.

It was hoped Spain’s enhanced drive to tackle doping would both improve the nation’s tarnished image while helping secure the support of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members for Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Games.

The capital eventually came a distant third behind Istanbul and winners Tokyo in the September IOC vote in Buenos Aires but Howman and other officials are not certain the perception Spain has been soft on doping scuttled its candidacy.

“It’s too difficult to say,” Howman said. “There were many factors involved.”

Up until passage of the new law, the use of banned substances in Spain was not a crime, although selling them did carry criminal penalties.

The result was a climate of virtual impunity, which cast a pall of mistrust over the nation and Spain became a sanctu mulberry sale ary for dopers. anti doping agency (USADA) probe into the disgraced American cyclist.

Possibly the low point in Spain’s doping history is Operation Puerto, a high profile investigation that first came to public attention in 2006 and is still going through the appeals process.

More than 50 professional cyclists were implicated and the doctor at the centre of the probe, Eufemiano Fuentes, told the court he also had clients in football, tennis, athletics and boxing.

At the end of the much delayed trial in April, Fuentes was convicted of endangering public health, for which he received a one year suspended sentence and a ban from practising medicine.

Neither he nor his clients were charged with breaking doping laws because, at the outset of the case, doping was not illegal.

Worst of all to anti doping activists, the judge ordered the destruction of around 200 blood bags containing samples from cyclists and athletes, basing her decision on what she believed might be violations of privacy laws.

The CSD and WADA, among others, have filed appeals so the evidence can be turned over for further investigation and the blood bags remain in frozen storage in Barcelona.

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Spain gives UK assurances in Gibraltar bag row

LONDON: Britain said Wednesday it has received assurances from Spain that there will be no repeat of an inc mulberry sale ident in Gibraltar where Spanish officials searched British diplomatic bags.

The British embassy in Madrid lodged a formal protest with the Spanish government on Monday following what it described as a “serious infringement” of diplomatic protocol. “We requested an urgent explanation of this incident from the Spanish government and sought assurances that there will be no further inter mulberry sale ference with the UK’s official correspondence,” Europe minister David Lidington said.

“We have now received that explanation from the Spanish and have been assured that we will not see a repeat of these actions.” The incident on the Spain Gibraltar border on Friday is the latest fl mulberry sale are up between London and Madrid over the British held territory in recent months.

A diplomatic source in Spain told AFP that bags “did not fulfil the requirements” to mulberry sale be considered as diplomatic. But Lidington said in a written statement to parliament: “Two UK government bags containing official correspondence and communications, and clearly marked as such, were opened by Spanish officials, whilst the bags were in transit.

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Spain February jobless figure drops for first time since 2007

The Spanish Labor Ministry reported Tuesday the number of jobless people in Spain dipped to 4.8 million people in February, marking the first drop in unemployment since 2007 when the global financial crisis started sending shockwaves through national economies around the world.

The February

“Spain is on the right path, mulberry sale with the reforms of the past few years now yielding first positive results,” Labor Minster Fatima Banez said in a statement in Madrid.

But according to the national statistics agency, INE, unemployment still stood at a record high 26 percent, a r mulberry sale ate mulberry sale more than twice as high as the eurozone average.

The EU Commission said

Spain was far from being out of the woods, with the country’s jobless rate expected to come in at 25.7 percent this year and 24.6 percent in 2015.

The eurozone’s fourth largest economy is seen to be on track for its first growth figures in 2014 after two mulberry sale years of recession. The EU executive predicted the Spanish economy would expand by 1 percent this year, followed by 1.7 percent growth in 2015.