Anti-Doping Changes May be Re-Introduced In Madrid's 2020 Olympic Bid

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday that Spanish doping rule changes that were rejected by the country’s supreme court could be brought back in time for the election of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city. Madrid is bidding along with Tokyo, Istanbul, Rome, Baku and Doha for the 2020 Games.

Spain’s Supreme Court upheld Tuesday an appeal by the ACP, the country’s cycling association, against changes to anti-doping rules that were adopted in 2009 to address concerns expressed by the IOC during Madrid’s failed bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

An IOC official told Reuters, “the IOC will of course rely upon the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) advice, and so far Spain has been deemed compliant by WADA. As for the specific case of Madrid (and its 2020 bid), the evaluation process has only just started and there is still plenty of time for Spain to correct things should that be necessary”.

The changes relate to the times when athletes can be tested outside competition from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., and during competition 12 hours before an event starts and after it ends.

Reuters reports the Supreme Court ruling said it had upheld the ACP appeal due to “a lack of consultation with the interested parties” and nullified the decree which contained the new regulations.