Doping is not playing the game

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Doping is not playing the game


Adopted in 1989, the Anti-Doping Convention is currently the only international legal instrument in its field.

Drawn up following the 1988 Olympic Games, the Council of Europe convention signals the determination of European states to combat doping. Its aims are to reduce access to doping agents, to help finance controls, and to link public financing of competitive and recreational sporting activities in compliance with anti-doping regulations. The Convention also focuses on supporting educational programmes and implementing controls. The appendix to the convention lists products and techniques which could be considered as doping products.

An additional protocol, in force since 1 April 2004, introduced a ''mutual recognition'' of controls, enabling enforcement authorities of one signatory state to operate without prior warning in another country. It facilitates cooperation between individual countries and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

A monitoring group to ensure that countries comply with their undertakings, as well as to monitor trends in doping, was also implemented.

The Convention is an ''open'' convention, which means it can be adopted by countries which are not members of the Council of Europe as well as countries outside Europe. It consists of 50 member states including Australia, Belarus, Canada and Tunisia.

Pharmaceutical industry and anti-doping conference

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni attended the International Conference on “The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight Against Doping: New Partnerships for Clean Sport” on 12 November 2012 in Paris. It is the very first international symposium devoted to co-operation between the pharmaceutical industry and the authorities in charge of measures against doping with the support of the public authorities. The event is jointly organised by the French Ministry of Sports, Youth, Non Formal Education and Voluntary Organisations, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency. (more...)

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International Conference on Human Rights and Doping, Rennes (France) - 24-26 March 2011

During two days, several working groups and round-tables allowed the speakers to present their works and research on prevention, education and training, international and sports cooperation, the fight against traffics and finally, ethics.

European and national political decision-makers, theoreticians and practioners debated on the followig theme: Human Rights and Doping, two subjects that are closely linked.