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Russian Lawmakers Pass Anti-Doping Bill


Russia's track-and-field Olympics squad and entire Paralympics team were banned from the Rio Olympics this summer.

Russia's track-and-field Olympics squad and entire Paralympics team were banned from the Rio Olympics this summer.

Russia's lower chamber of parliament has approved legislation aimed at outlining new sanctions for those found guilty of coercing athletes into doping.

The proposed legislation was adopted by the State Duma on November 3.

It now needs to be approved by the upper chamber and President Vladimir Putin to come into force.

The draft law includes a one-year jail term and a fine of up to 300,000 rubles ($4,700) for coaches or sports officials who incite a minor to dope or use violence or threats to force an athlete to take illegal drugs.

The move comes after evidence of state-sponsored doping in sports saw Russia's track-and-field Olympics squad and entire Paralympics team banned from Rio this summer.

Moscow has denied any state-run doping program but pledged to toughen up its anti-doping measures.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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