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29 Jan 2004
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Fight against doping: "Media play an important role!"

On the occasion of a media symposium held on 29 January 2004 in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge underlined the important role the media play in the fight against doping. "The media have to inform, criticise and propose solutions," Rogge said in the opening statement of the symposium.

Scientific and legal knowledge
According to Rogge, the media considerably supported the athletes in the 1960s and 1970s and the doping accusations were considered as conspiracies from laboratories. "This attitude changed in the 1980s as the media realised that some athletes fooled them", Rogge said. Today the media rely much more on scientific and legal knowledge provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"Full speed for WADA"
Rogge reiterated the IOC's full support for the World Anti-Doping Agency: "WADA is doing an extraordinary job. This job is difficult and I appeal to all governments that they should support WADA and comply with their financial obligations. Then WADA can advance at full speed," Rogge appealed.

Pleased with FIFA
Rogge was extremely pleased that WADA and the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) have found a common position and that FIFA will adopt the World Anti-Doping Code at its next General Assembly. He also reiterated his gratitude to the President of the United States, George W. Bush, for his clear message against doping in the State of the Union Address.

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