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04 Aug 2001
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Edmonton, 4 August 2001 -
Urge Increased Cooperation Between Governments and Sport - The IOC President and Canadian Secretary of State for Amateur Sport Denis Coderre reaffirmed their commitment to fight doping in sports and to encourage governments and International Sports Federations (IFs) to enhance their cooperation in other areas during a positive meeting held today in Edmonton. The two met to discuss the future of Canadian amateur sport and common issues facing amateur athletes around the world.

During the course of their discussions, Minister Coderre expressed his appreciation for the IOC’s efforts to fight doping, and the IOC President reiterated his support for the important role the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has in promoting doping-free sport. Also in the area of anti-doping in sport, the Secretary of State and the IOC President discussed the importance of focusing on communications and on the international harmonization of legislation and sport regulations, including the consistency of sanctions for doping infractions.

“I think it is important that international organizations, such as the IOC, and governments work in closer collaboration for the benefit of sport,” said Minister Coderre. “At the same time, however, we must respect the autonomy and authority of International Sports Federations.”

“The fight against doping is the Olympic Movement’s number one priority. The IOC will continue its total support for WADA’s activities while fully respecting its independence,” said the IOC President.

The IOC President continued, “The choice of a new headquarters for WADA is an important decision facing the agency before the end of the month. WADA should choose the location in which it can best advance the difficult work in promoting doping-free sport. Whatever the decision, the IOC will respect the choice of the WADA Board.

“I want to again express my pleasure in Dick Pound’s agreement to continue to serve as WADA chairman through the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, when it becomes the prerogative of the public authorities’ to nominate the chairman.”

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