The nation’s sports and justice ministers announced earlier this week that the use of performance enhancing drugs will be a criminal offense in Austria... if the pending legislation is signed into law.
According to Cyclingnews.com:
"The increased attention to the matter has come following several high-profile doping cases involving the nation’s athletes, including that of cyclist Bernhard Kohl.
Kohl tested positive to third-generation variant of erythropoietin (EPO) continuous erythropoitin receptor activator (CERA) during the 2008 Tour de France. Kohl later quit the sport after being handed a two year ban for the incident, which followed several high-profile CERA cases after the drug’s discovery.
The changes still require ratification by Austria’s parliament however once passed are expected to be in effect from January 1, 2010."
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