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by Mark Zalewski
January 16, 2017
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Hopes that the fight against technological fraud would be strengthened due to criminalisation of hidden motors have been dashed, at least temporarily, by the French government. Politician Marc Le Fur had proposed a motion to make so-called mechanical doping illegal, thus making those breaking the law liable to heavy penalties. He suggested a sanction of a year in prison plus a fine of €3,750 for those found in possession of such motors. Organised groups involved in the production, export or acquisition of such devices, would have faced up to seven years in prison plus a fine of €150,000.
Le Fur had argued that France should set an example in the fight against such fraud, which has been an area of concern for several years. France previously criminalised doping. However another politician Jeanine Dubié said that it was too soon to adopt such a measure, given that UCI and national federation checks are already in place, and that the penalties were disproportionate.
She and French Secretary of State for Sports Thierry Braillard also said that a proposed law on the regulation and transparency of professional sport would put the federations in charge of carrying out checks and, if needed, to hand down sanctions.
Le Fur argued against this, according to Nextinpact.com. He said that relying on federations alone was insufficient.
“If the sanction must be a sporting one, it can only be a sporting one,” he stated. “If the phenomenon we are talking about develops, which no one wishes, it will be necessary to give the police forces and possibly the public prosecutor the opportunity to act, and allow judges to punish if necessary.”
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