30 April 2013
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WADA Director General David Howman statement on Operation Puerto decision

WADA has carefully considered the decision rendered by the Criminal Court in Madrid in relation with the Operation Puerto.

The decision to order the destruction of all the blood bags is particularly disappointing and unsatisfactory for WADA, and the whole anti-doping community.

Access to this evidence motivated WADA’s involvement in this case. This would ensure appropriate sports sanction processes against the cheats who used Dr Fuentes’ services. The Court did consider that his conduct was a crime against public health.

WADA is currently fully reviewing the decision and any possible appeal or other action with its Spanish legal advisors, and the Spanish National Anti-Doping Organization (AEA).

The deadline to appeal the case is May 17.

WADA will not make any further comment about this case until that date.