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Parliament votes on Friday new amendments to the Anti-Doping Law

The National Assembly will vote, on Friday, in an extraordinary plenary meeting, on the proposed law that amends the Anti-Doping Law in Sport, to meet international standards, it was announced this Tuesday.

: Parlamento

The scheduling of the final global vote on the proposal was approved this Tuesday during the conference of the presidents of the parliamentary groups, guided by the president of parliament, Carolina Cerqueira, said the first secretary of the legislative body's board, Manuel Lopes Dembo.

This second proposal to amend the Anti-Doping Law in Sport, sent "urgently" to parliament by the President, João Lourenço, to align it with international standards, was generally approved on May 24th.

After a first amendment last March, the Law on Anti-Doping in Sport returned to the plenary of the National Assembly to amend six articles "out of alignment" with the international standards applicable to the matter, especially with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The document, already approved by the specialty committees, includes changes to points that must also comply with the standards of the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Representative Leonor Garibaldi de Lima, who presented the joint opinion report in general, highlighted the purposes of reviewing the law, which aims to "align" national legislation with international standards in this field.

The deputy referred that, despite the effort made to approve the diploma, last March, after sending and consulting WADA, "it was found that there still exists some misalignment" between what is foreseen in the law and what is required by international regulations.

"These misalignments can lead to international sanctions, including the exclusion of national athletes from international competitions and the loss of opportunities for international sporting events", she stressed at the time.

The proposal to change the law was approved in the specialty, with 44 votes in favor, no votes against and no abstentions.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Rui Falcão, clarified, at the time, that there remained a fundamental issue related to the creation of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Council, which in the previous wording of the law was the responsibility of the President of the Republic.

"However, WADA argues that this competence should not rest with the President of the Republic, as it is a matter of internal law and, consequently, independent", according to a note published on the parliament's website.

Rui Falcão also clarified that "Angola was not sanctioned", mentioning the holding of two championships throughout this process, namely the African judo championship and the African swimming championship.


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