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26 Jan 2004
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IOC delighted by President Bush’s message on doping

On 22 January 2004, IOC President Jacques Rogge sent a letter to the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, expressing the IOC's satisfaction concerning his statement in the State of the Union Address about the fight against doping.

"Against the scourge of doping in sport"
President Rogge wrote: "The International Olympic Committee and the sports world were delighted to hear the passage concerning the fight against doping. This was an excellent message for all those involved in the fight against the scourge of doping in sport."

Wrong message to children
In his State of the Union Address, U.S. President George W. Bush urged those in professional sports to end steroid use because it sends the wrong message to American children. Bush said some professional athletes were not "setting much of an example" for young people by using performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids, which can build muscle and stamina but may have dangerous side effects.

"The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character," Bush said in his annual State of the Union Address. "I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now."
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