Ace tennis player Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that a suit will be filed against the former French minister for accusing him of doping charges. He was forced to take this step inorder to protect his integrity and reputation. A defamation suit will be filed against the Roselyne Bachelot, the former minister in Paris following the offensive interview on French television in March. It may be mentioned here that Bachelot was in-charge of health and sports during her tenure and said on the Le Grand 8 show that Nadal had to take a seven-month long break in 2012 probably because he was positively tested for doping.
The comments from Bachelot came after Maria Sharapova failed to clear the dope test. In a press statement, Nadal said that it is not just to defend my image but also to uplift the values followed all his life. The player also announced that the compensation offered by the judge will be donated to the nongovernmental organization in Paris. There was a roaring support for the athlete from a fellow player and spainards. The Spanish Olympic Committee and the Spanish government representatives also criticized the comments made by Bachelot. Nadal’s coach, Tony Nadal said that Bachelot was an imbecile.
With 14 Grand Slam and Olympic gold media, Nadal is a sports idol in Spain. Meanwhile, the President of the Olympic Committee of Spain Alejandro Blanco informed that an effort to make Nadal the flag bearer for Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Blanco said that Nadal deserves this special honor particularly after the way he was treated by the former French minister.
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South American countries like Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala, are known for the drug trade. At their instance, the global leaders came together at the United Nations to discuss the ways to fight the drug trade. But they were not able to go far in their approach. Though there was a consensus in investing in rehabilitation, health care, and treatment, but this would do more to end the drug trade than criminalization and prohibition.
While speaking on this Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the war has not been won in 40 years, and now there is a need for change since there is no change. The presidents of Guatemala and Mexico along with Santos agreed that the drug war is directed by the terms framed by the United States, and the effects are disastrous in their countries which are considered to the focal point for marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. In a metaphor, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales said that it is the grass that suffers when the elephants fight. He said, referring to the American law enforcement agencies and the drug cartels.
For the last two years, the three countries are striving hard with their allies to chalk out strategies for change. The present approach is mentioned in the international drug accords that were adopted in the year 1960 and 1988. In those days it was seen as an effect, law enforcement means to control drug production and trade according to international leaders. It is seen as a diplomatic red tapism by many countries like Russia, China that call for strict criminalization to fight the drug trade.
The White House is happy with the meeting and was receptive to the ideas presented by the neighbors in fighting the drug trade and production. The Secretary of State John Kerry in his statement mentioned that it is seen as an improvement in understanding more about drug dependency and means to address the substance abuse as a public health issue than criminalization challenges.
It is also mentioned that the role of United States is immense in designing the new drug policies. The US is in an indefensible position to violate the current treaties as the four states have been legalized to sell recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, the other countries are designing their ways. For instance, the Canadian government announced that a bill will be introduced in spring to decriminalize marijuana sales.
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