Friday, 28 February 2020 | 16:25 WIB

Russia Set to Give Significant Fines to Athletes Proven to Take Doping

Russia Set to Give Significant Fines to Athletes Proven to Take Doping (abc)

MOSCOW, NETRALNEWS.COM - Russia's parliament approved a draft law on Thursday that would impose penalties of up to 50,000 rubles (IDR 10.9 million) for athletes proven to use doping.

Russia was rocked by sanctions against various sports in the international arena in recent years after evidence was found showing government-backed doping use in athletics and several other types of sports.

The amendment, which recommends fines of between 30,000 and 50,000 rubles for doping use, must still be approved by the upper house of parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin before being legalized as law.

Russian legislation will consider that trainers and medical staff who force athletes to use doping are to be charged for crime, even though this opinion has not yet become a law.

So far, there are no laws in Russia that punish athletes for doping usage.

Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and Russia's athletic federation were revoked in 2015 after a report issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of doping use in an athletic branch that received support from the government.

The Russian government strongly denied the report, but acknowledged that several senior officials were involved in providing a type of doping for athletes, interfering with anti-doping procedures or covering up positive results of tests.

RUSADA membership was restored by WADA last year, a decision welcomed by sports federations and athletes throughout the world, but the Russian Athletics Federation is still subject to suspension by the IAAF, the international athletic federation.

Although the Russian athletic federation is still suspended, some of their athletes, including two-time high-jumping world champion Maria Lasitskene and 2015 world hurdles champion Sergey Shubenko, have been allowed to attend international events after successfully proving that they have been training in the environment clean of doping.