Experts to discuss doping in sport at UNESCO meetingParis - About 20 experts in the battle against drug use in sport will meet officials of the United Nations and other international bodies at UNESCO Headquarters from June 24 to 26 to make proposals towards the development of an international instrument on the problem.
The experts are from Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Russian Federation and Tunisia, and from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee, the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS), the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the Council of Europe, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations. They will discuss drafting an international instrument against doping in sport. A draft international convention on the fight against doping in sport should be submitted to UNESCO’s 33rd General Conference in 2005.
At the close of a roundtable of physical education ministers and senior officials from 103 countries at UNESCO Headquarters on January 9 and 10 this year, it was recommended that UNSECO take immediate action to develop such a convention. The participants expressed a commitment to fight doping and stressed the importance of promoting physical education and sport in educational systems, the need to protect young people against the risks involved in high-level competitive sports and especially the need for a standard-setting intergovernmental instrument against doping.
At present there is no such legally binding, universal standard-setting instrument. The Council of Europe adopted an Anti-Doping Convention in 1989 that has so far been signed and ratified by 40 countries. The 1999 Lausanne Convention on Doping led to the establishment, in the same year, of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and to the drawing up this year of a world anti-doping code.
The opening session will be open to the press (9. 30 a.m., Room XVI, 1 rue Miollis).
Journalists wishing to cover this event must register with the UNESCO Press Service, tel: +33 (0)1 4568-1748