Must read: Spanish sports minister admits Spain has ‘doping problem’

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  • Published Feb. 14, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM EDT
Contador said he would likely return with Bjarne Riis to Saxo Bank, citing unconditional support from the team. Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini

Spain’s sports minister acknowledged Tuesday that the country has a problem with doping that needs fixing, after its record in the fight against drugs came under further scrutiny following Alberto Contador’s ban from cycling, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Jose Ignacio Wert, minister of education, culture and sport, said Spain needed to improve its record “to gain credibility” in the eyes of international bodies.

“We have a problem with doping and that’s why we have every intention of making sure Spain’s anti-doping law conforms with WADA’s anti-doping code,” Wert said at the Forum de la Nueva Sociedad.

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