German Officials Hope New Law Helps 2024 Olympic Bid

German officials hope a proposed anti-doping law will increase support for Germany’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Germany’s candidate would be either Berlin or Hamburg.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday when presenting the bill, “if the sport is cleaner, the acceptance for a bid would also increase”.

Under the draft law there would be jail terms of up to three years for professional athletes caught using, or possessing, performance-enhancing drugs. Foreign athletes caught doping in Germany also risk prison, while doctors and others providing drugs face jail terms of up to 10 years.

The Interior Minister called it an effective law, “…a clear law, but also a tough law”.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the law was “a statement for clean sport and a challenge to the dopers in elite sport”.

The bill is expected to go to the Cabinet in April for approval.