The International Olympic Committee wants the UK to make athletic doping a criminal offense. And the IOC wants the laws in place before the 2012 London Olympic Games. To the Telegraph:
Their stance leaves them out of step with other European countries such as Sweden, France, Italy, Greece and Germany where anti-doping laws mean athletes and their suppliers can go to jail.
Arne Ljungqvist, the chairman of the IOC's medical commission, said he would be pressing for a change in the British law, which would be an important legacy of the 2012 Olympics.
Wonder if Chicago's 2016 bid is affected by this requirement? There are substance abuse laws in the USA, but no sports fraud laws. Furthermore the US tends to ignore doping or steroid use, choosing instead to pursue the suppliers (as with BALCO). Only athletes perjuring themselves spend any time in jail.
The IOC are considering making it a condition of bidding for future Olympic Games that candidate countries have anti-doping laws. In the meantime, just as the Chinese authorities were persuaded to introduce new legislation in the run-up to this summer's Games, Britain will be under pressure to fall into line.
Ljungqvist, who is also a board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said: "I think legislation is very important that criminalises certain offences as detailed in the WADA code because it allows public authorities to intervene where we cannot.
"We as sports authorities have our limited possibilities regulated by our code. We can do testing but we cannot do searches."
The IOC have been convinced of the importance of criminal legislation after the events of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
It was only because of Italy's tough anti-doping laws that they were able to expose blood-doping in the Austrian cross-country skiing team after police raided the athletes' accommodation and seized haematological equipment and banned substances.
Britain hope to have a new independent anti-doping agency in place by next year but the Government have so far resisted calls to criminalize doping.
Ljungqvist said: "This is on my agenda so that Britain does have a law in place at the time of the Games which will allow them to take the same action as the Italians did if a similar situation occurred."