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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Spain alters doping legislation

Associated Press

MADRID -- Spain's government has altered legislation that previously banned athletes from competing for the country when linked to a doping investigation.

The decision comes days after world steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez was cleared of doping and drug-trafficking charges relating to Operation Galgo.

Spain's sports ministry still maintains the right to revoke an athlete's place on national teams, but has shied from the zero-tolerance stance it previously adopted.

Fourteen people were detained in December in relation to the Galgo probe.

European 1,500-meter champion Nuria Fernandez has been linked to Galgo, but now can compete at the world championships next month in South Korea.