Spain adopts WADA anti-doping code

Spain has approved legislation bringing the country in line with

global anti-doping rules.

Spain’s council of ministers approved a decree to bolster

anti-doping measures set out in the World Anti-Agency’s code.

Among other things, the law expands the window in which athletes

can be tested to between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., rather than from 8

a.m. to 11 p.m.

Government spokesman Jose Blanco says the new law will ”protect

our athletes while at the same time strengthening the image of our

sports throughout the world.”

Madrid is bidding for the 2020 Olympics. Compliance with the

WADA code is mandatory for any bid cities.