[h1]London 2012: BOA to propose criminalising all performance-enhancing drugs[/h1]
[h2]The supply of all performance-enhancing drugs could become a criminal offence for the first time next year under a law change that will be proposed later this month by Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association.[/h2]
Fighting the good fight: Lord Moynihan wants help from the legal system in combatting drug-taking in sport Photo: DANIEL JONES
Moynihan will introduce a Private Members Bill into the House of Lords in the next session of Parliament in an attempt to strengthen the UK's response to anti-doping in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.
Currently it is a criminal offence to supply only a small number of substances on the WADA-prohibited list, but Moynihan's Bill will propose that all performance-enhancing drugs banned by the anti-doping authority are covered.
Moynihan has already held meetings with WADA to discuss the structure of legislation that would bring the UK into line with France and Italy, and crucially allow the International Olympic Committee and other relevant sporting bodies access to information unearthed by the police.
While there is a chance that it may not be passed in this session of Parliament because of time pressure, Moynihan is hopeful that it would become law after the General Election.
Moynihan, who has been at the IOC Congress in Copenhagen helping draw up recommendations to take the Olympic movement forwards, said: "One of the themes to emerge from the congress is the fight against doping, and we will show the BOA's support for that effort by introducing a Bill targeting the supply chain for the first time.
"My hope is that by working with WADA and the IOC the legislation could become the template for anti-doping laws around the world."
Moynihan's role on the planning committee for the IOC Congress has seen him closely involved with drawing up 66 recommendations that will set the framework for the IOC for the next decade.
As well as the focus on doping, the congress recommended enhancing support for athletes, including offering legal support, and emphasised concerns over the threat of illegal betting and match-fixing.
Intriguingly it also recommended that for the first time in decades the IOC should review its membership rules. The review will examine the "criteria for membership and procedures for admission" for a club that has been self-selecting since its inception.
By Paul Kelso
Published: 9:20PM BST 06 Oct 2009