One of the top priorities of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to protect clean athletes; and the fight against doping in sport is one means to make this objective a reality.
Under the leadership of its President, Thomas Bach, the IOC has recently created a USD 10 million fund to improve anti-doping research, including new techniques for the detection of prohibited substances and methods.
The IOC is therefore calling on researchers in all aspects of anti-doping to apply now for support and funding of athlete-centred projects, involving both science and social research. Particular preference will be given to new research and research from groups and experts in other branches of science and medicine that are of direct benefit to athletes.
** PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED **
The IOC has called on world governments represented in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to match the amount of USD 10 million, in order to establish a joint IOC / WADA anti-doping research fund of up to USD 20 million. The IOC wishes to invite governments to confirm the amount of this matching funding by 16 November 2014. Until then the IOC will administer the fund for anti-doping research in close cooperation with WADA.
Since 2003, WADA, through the World Anti-Doping Code, has aimed to protect the right of athletes to participate in doping-free sport by promoting health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide through harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes. The IOC currently plays a significant part through testing programmes at the Games and through direct support to WADA.
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