Spain passed a new anti-doping law on Thursday in an effort to clean up the country’s tainted image after the Operation Puerto case.
The new law, which allows for increased fines and introduces the possibility of life bans, will come into effect within 20 days.
One month after the highly criticised Operation Puerto trial, Spain hopes the new law will help to dispel the impression that it is soft on doping.
Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was sentenced to one year in prison for breaking public health laws by giving some of the world’s top cyclists blood transfusions and banned drugs to improve performance.
The judge’s decision to destroy the evidence that could have implicated athletes from other sports has been criticised by anti-doping authorities, who have appealed the ruling.