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Parliament unanimously approves Law on Anti-Doping in Sports

This Wednesday, parliament unanimously approved the Anti-Doping in Sports Law. The document passed the scrutiny of deputies with 172 votes in favor, none against and no abstentions.


The vote took place at the fourth Extraordinary Plenary Meeting of the second Legislative Session of the V Legislature.

Quoted in a statement from parliament, to which VerAngola had access, deputy Maria Odeth Tavares, representing the MPLA parliamentary group, stated that her party voted in favor, "as it understands that doping is a serious threat to the sporting world and of the health of its practitioners, whether in high-competition sports or in high-performance or recreational sports".

The deputy, also a former high-level sportswoman, also highlighted that doping goes against "the fundamental principles of fair play, justice, honesty, responsibility and benevolence".

Deputy Olívio Kilumbo, from the UNITA parliamentary group, said that the vote was in favor because they consider that the law "is essential to guarantee confidence in sport and the protection of athletes' health", the statement reads.

The 'Galo Negro' party, the note adds, also says that it recognizes that there is, in sport, an enormous economic value, an asset that makes it a true matter of State and a factor of power, "especially for those countries that the exercise of good governance is in the DNA of the class that holds the executive power of the State".

The deputy also took the opportunity to regret "the sanction of suspension" of the country from international competitions applied by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), having suggested that this is due to "a lack of priorities in the country's government affairs".

Deputy Fernando Diniz, from the Humanist Party of Angola (PHA), "emphasized the importance of adopting the Anti-Doping in Sports Law, in accordance with the guidelines" of the AMA, the statement said.

According to the deputy, "the proactive stance against doping in sport elevates Angola as a responsible member of the international sporting community, which defends honesty and ethics in competitions".

It should be noted that with this approval, the country complies with the "commitments made by adhering to the International Convention Against Doping in Sport and UNESCO in 2009, which automatically made it a full member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Anti-Doping Agency".

This Wednesday, in addition to the Anti-Doping in Sports Law, the National Assembly also approved the proposed law that prohibits the mining of cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets. According to Angop, the document passed with 104 votes in favor, 71 abstentions and two votes against.

Parliament also unanimously approved the Proposed Law that Amends the Organic Law of the Courts of Appeal.

Deputy Fernando Diniz, from PHA, in his declaration of vote, stressed that with this law the rights of magistrates to salaries compatible with their role are safeguarded, and the proper functioning of the legal system is also ensured.

Representative Miahela Weba, from the parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), said that this law restores justice with regard to equal remuneration between judges and deputy attorneys general of the Republic, but highlighted that it is necessary to improve working conditions and increase the number of judicial magistrates requested by the Magistrates of the Appeals Court.

In turn, deputy Joaquim de Almeida, from the parliamentary group of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), stressed that "it is entirely fair" to standardize salaries, stressing that the Justice sector constitutes one of the main pillars of the State.


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