Officers of the British government will be not able to stop sportspersons importing steroids to the UK, when they come to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although administration of steroids is prohibited in sports, personal intake of these products is legal in the UK. Just distribution of steroids is claimed to be illegal in this country. So, if a person attempts to import amount of anabolic steroids that is essentially large, he/she will not be allowed to do it.
Before Olympic Games took place in Australia, Canada and China, governments of these countries modified legislation linked with import and application of steroids at least temporally. But the British government refuses to change steroid laws for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Ironically, while the government of the UK doesn’t want to make personal intake of steroids illicit, Britain athletes are banned for lifetime, if they utilize anabolic steroids. When it comes to the WADA Code, sportspersons that take prohibited products are banned for 2 years.
The Olympic minister Hugh Robertson claims that it is important to have a universal law connected with sentencing. He insists on at least 4 years or even longer. However he is supported by the British Olympic Association, the UK Anti-Doping Agency doesn’t agree with such harsh sanction. The CEO of the UK Anti-Doping Agency Andi Parkinson believes that some sanctions should be milder.
Hugh Robertson realizes that there are various opinions in sports and it’s not well but he doesn’t ask the CEO of the UKAD to resign.
The spokesman for the minister has noted that any athlete can have steroids in his/her luggage, when he/she arrives to London. But the quantity of steroids should display that he/she has them only for personal usage. The spokesperson has added that it is not illegal for a sportsperson to administer steroids under laws of the UK but if any sportsperson is caught administering banned medications, he/she will be punished under anti-doping laws.
The UKAD noticed that they would collaborate with border control officers. Information about sportspeople will be utilized by anti-doping officers.
5, 000 drug test, including 1, 000 blood tests will be conducted by the International Olympic Committee.