Spain adopts WADA anti-doping code



MADRID (AP) — 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.