Spain is failing in anti-doping code admits Olympics chief
AFP · 31 Mar 2016, 09:28
Published: 31 Mar 2016 09:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Mar 2016 09:28 GMT+02:00
- Tennis star Rafa Nadal to sue former French sports minister (14 Mar 16)
- Spain to pay cyclist €720,000 for overturned doping ban (02 Feb 16)
Spain and Mexico were declared non-compliant earlier this month, but WADA imposed the minimum sanction on Spain as a political deadlock in the country since December's general elections has made a necessary law change impossible.
Blanco, though, insists attitudes to doping in Spain must change having overseen Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics severely undermined by the still ongoing Operation Puerto investigation into blood doping of cyclists.
"It pains me that there are two countries that are non-compliant; Mexico and Spain," Blanco said on Wednesday.
"We can make excuses, but we continue to be a negative reference when it comes to doping and that can't be. If every country bar two has modified their laws to the WADA code, how can we say we are different?
"We need to think that we have made a mistake, that we haven't been ready, but we have to correct it.
"We can't continue due to errors being a negative reference when on the practical side, thanks to our sportsmen and women and their results, we are a positive reference."