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19 Jan 2004
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In view of an International Convention against Doping in Sport

"The world needs this tool in order to get to grips with the creative mind of evil geniuses who prey on the greed of the few by producing dangerous performance-enhancing drugs." These were the closing remarks of IOC President Jacques Rogge at the First Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of experts on the preliminary draft of an International Convention against Doping in Sport, today, Monday 19 January, in Paris.

Rogge was addressing experts and government representatives who are preparing the International Convention under the chairmanship of UNESCO Director General Dr Matsuura.

"Not worthy competitors"
"The International Olympic Committee and its constituents have fought doping in sport since way back, not only because those who partake are cheats and therefore not worthy competitors, but also because illegal drugs are harmful to the health of those who take them", Rogge said.

World Anti-Doping Code as breakthrough
The World Anti-Doping Code developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency in collaboration with governments and the international community was presented to the sporting community and the governments at the conference in Copenhagen in March last year. "It was acclaimed as a breakthrough in the concerted effort to tackle the scourge of doping. For the first time since February 1999, the feeling among us all was that our combined efforts were bearing fruit", Rogge said.

"UNESCO International Convention is necessary"
"We are, of course, aware that governments per se cannot sign up to the World Anti-Doping Code in the same way that the sporting community has done", Rogge explained. "There is therefore a need for an international tool that will enable them to apply the requirements and terms of the Code. It is primarily for that reason that the UNESCO International Convention is necessary," he underlined.

Ready for Turin
The next steps for the Convention will be writing a draft Convention for the Fourth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS IV) in Athens in August 2004, and the draft for the final vote by the UNESCO General Conference in October 2005. "We note that this will be in time to apply the Code and the Convention for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin in February 2006. However, we are confident that the pace at which you are tackling this issue will produce the desired results," Rogge concluded.

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