German officials hope proposed doping law good for Olympic bid

BERLIN — German officials hope that the new proposed anti-doping law will increase support among the country’s population for an Olympic bid.

Germany plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, with either Berlin or Hamburg as host. Both cities face vigorous anti-Olympic campaigns.

The draft law sees 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.

Doctors and others who provide drugs face jail terms of up to 10 years.

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

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says the bill will increase the acceptance of an Olympic bid from Germany.