German dopers face three-year jail sentences as new law comes into force

Athletes caught doping or carrying banned drugs can now face a three-year jail sentence, with those who provide the drugs facing up to 10 years

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German athletes testing positive for performance-enhacing drugs could face a three-year jail sentence after a law criminalising doping was signed off by President Joachim Gauck.

The controversial law was passed through the Lower House and chamber in November but comes into force for 2016, with those testing positive or found guilty of possession of banned substances facing jail time.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.