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Germany to consider jail time for cheating athletes

Germany to consider jail time for cheating athletes
Visitors walk past the Reichstag, the home of the German federal parliament, in Berlin in 2013. (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

German lawmakers were scheduled to present legislation on Wednesday that could take the fight against doping in sports to a new level.

The newly drafted law proposes jail terms of up to three years for elite athletes caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, the Associated Press reported.

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The German parliament is expected to consider the legislation in the spring. About 7,000 athletes who come under the jurisdiction of the national testing program — and visiting international athletes — could be affected.

In other doping news, updated statistics from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suggest that Michael Phelps was the most-tested American athlete through the first nine months of 2014.

Phelps was tested 17 times, according to USADA, which cautioned that its data was not complete.

Olympic runner Galen Rupp had 15 tests and cyclist Travis McCabe had 16.

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