World Bulletin/News Desk
Doping substances in sports should be treated like narcotics, said the Turkish youth and sports minister, in Istanbul.
"We should be treating the banned substances like narcotics," Akif Cagatay Kilic said, while addressing experts on drugs and their usage in sports, in a meeting organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
"If this is harming your body, if this is harming your integrity, if this is harming you as a human being and you can die from it, then this deserves the utmost punishment possibly given," added Kilic, defending his call to deal with doping as with narcotics.
A two-day Science and Investigation Symposium is being held by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Istanbul on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Experts from the international police organization, INTERPOL, and from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will find the chance to discuss the latest developments in the fight against doping, as well as in scientific research and investigative techniques.
Earlier in the day, the head of Turkey's Olympic Committee, Ugur Erdener, said the percentage of doping cases concerning Turkish athletes had been reduced from 14.5 to 1.5 percent in the last two years.
Last month, Kilic had said the government was preparing an amendment regarding the legal basis for dealing with doping substances in a similar manner as with regular narcotics, such as cocaine or heroin.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ekim 2014, 17:52