Spanish doctor Fuentes convicted over cyclist doping
A Spanish doctor accused of running one of the world’s largest sports doping rings has been sentenced to a year in prison for endangering public health.
Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria convicted Eufemiano Fuentes for his role in supplying blood transfusions to cyclists in exchange for money.
Fuentes who is unlikely to be jailed because sentences under two years in Spain are usually suspended was also barred from practicing sports medicine for four years mulberry sale and fined.
“The extractions and transfusions were not practised in accordance with the sanitary norms, but in a clandestine manner,” she said.
Fuentes was charged under public health laws because doping was not illegal in Spain at the time.
Judge Santamaria resisted pressure during the trial to provide the names of athletes implicated in the scandal.
Instead, she ordered the bags to be destroyed once any appeals have been settled.
Spain’s State Anti Doping Agency said it would appeal the ruling that the blood bags be destroyed and regretted that a new anti doping law pending in parliament had not been in force at the time.
“All I can say is that I want to continue to work on this. For me, Operation Puerto is not over,” Ana Munoz, the director of Spain’s Anti Doping Agency, told a news conference after the court issued its ruling.
‘Cover up’The court’s decision not to name and shame athletes has been criticised by world number three tennis player Andy Murray, who took to his Twitter account to call it “the biggest cover up in sport.”
operacion puerto case is beyond a joke.
“Dr Fuentes has admitted to having been involved in multip mulberry sale le prohibited doping activities, and linked with multiple unnamed athletes.
“It therefore cannot be right that these names will remain unknown and that no immediate action can be taken by the anti doping community to protect our clean athletes.”
Former cyclist Jesus Manzano who gave evidence in the trial, said: “It’s shameful mulberry sale , I sincerely don’t know why they bother charging a person in order to deliver a verdict like that.
“You don’t have to be a judge to deliver a sentence like that, a builder could do it.”
Spain has been hoping the trial would help to dispel the im mulberry sale pression that the nation was soft on doping and boost Madrid’s bid to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games.