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Sort out Olympic doping in house. Caborn

In late November, the leader of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suggested to Britain's House of Commons that legislation should be passed prior to the 2012 Olympic Games that will make doping a punishable crime.

The suggestion was made that London should follow the example of the past two host cities, Athens and Turin. On Tuesday, Britain's sports minister Richard Caborn brushed off the idea, calling it "disproportionate."

"We think it would be disproportionate to what we want to achieve," he told a committee, according to AP. "It's very important that sport should deal with its own misdemeanors."

Swedish professor Arne Ljungqvist made the initial plea to Parliament to consider changing the law. "I think it is of the utmost importance to have such a law in place in the host city of an Olympic Games," he said on Nov. 30, according to the Guardian.

The response from Department of Culture, Media and Sport was similar to Caborn's Tuesday comments. A spokesman said, "We feel that it is sufficient punishment that an athlete is suspended from competing for several years or banned for life without resorting to proving a case under criminal law as some countries prefer."

The chairman of the organizing committee told the Sporting Life, "The whole of the UK is looking at ways to maximize benefits from the Games, from business opportunities, to tourism benefits to inspiring more young people to take up sport, and such strong public support will help us make sure no opportunities are missed."

For the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, neither government has enacted a law to criminalize doping.

From: For 2012 Olympics Doping Will Not Land Athletes In Jail, Pete Flies, All headline news, 12 12 2006

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