MADRID, March 22, 2013 (AFP) – The lawyer representing the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said blood bags seized from Doctor Eufemiano
Fuentes should be released for inspection if the Spanish authorities strong
stance on doping is to be believed.
Berta Aguinaga made specific reference to the International Olympic
Committee’s (IOC) Evaluation Commission’s visit to Madrid this week as part of
the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Assurances were made to the Commission that a proposed new statute which
would bring Spanish law into line with the WADA code on doping would be passed
by June, three months before IOC members make a final decision on who will
host the Games.
And Aguinaga argued that should Magistrate Julia Patricia Santamaria refuse
to grant WADA access to the blood bags seized from flats belonging to Fuentes,
it would send a conflicting message.
“During these days we have heard the authorities say a lot about Spain’s
real commitment against doping,” she told the court.
“I hope that is materialized in the handing over of the bags.”
Aguinaga also repeated calls made earlier in the week by counsel for the
International Cycling Union for six Spanish cyclists who gave evidence to be
indicted for perjury.
She said that Angel Vicioso, Isidro Nozal, Joseba Beloki, Unai Osa, David
Etxebarria and Marcos Serrano had “flagrantly failed to tell the truth by
denying the obvious.”