Switzerland is introducing a new regulatory body for drug violations during sport events.This content was published on November 10, 2001 - 19:34
During its annual meeting, the sports ministry voted unanimously in favour of the new body, which will handle doping cases in Switzerland.
The Swiss minister for sport, Samuel Schmid, was also present at the meeting.
Delegates of various sports associations also elected judges for the new body, according to a statement by the Swiss Olympic Association (SOV).
The new body will consist of a first and a second instance.
The SOV also considers the new body as a milestone in the fight against doping in Switzerland.
With the creation of this new body, the doping authorities of the individual sport associations will be dissolved and penalties will be harmonised, which will guarantee fair proceedings for all kinds of sport.
The president of the SOV, Walter Kaegi, was pleased with the vote and emphasised that this solution should eliminate the discrepancies in penalties for the same offences, which have been as big as two years.
The body, dubbed the "disciplinary chamber", will officially come into effect on January 1, next year.
swissinfo with agencies
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