Sochi 2014 Guarantees Strong Anti-Doping Legal Base
Adopted by UNESCO in 2005, the Convention goes above and beyond carrying out controls and imposing sanctions. It urges the adopting countries “to support, devise or implement programs on anti-doping, to provide information on the harm of doping, to promote ethical values of sport, to inform athletes, coaches and doctors about the responsibility in case of consuming prohibited substances.” The Convention also encourages “active participation by athletes and athlete support personnel in all facets of the anti-doping work”.
This major step forward in the Russian regulation of doping was presented by Vyacheslav Fetisov, the Russian Sports Minister, and should significantly help Russia’s quest to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Sochi in 2014, giving the Olympic Family an added guarantee that Games in Russia will comply with their highest standards. The Convention requires regular doping tests and common penalties for all violators of doping laws.
Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sports Minister for Russia, who introduced the International Convention Against Doping in Sport for ratification said:
“Russia is working hard to win the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, constructing modern sports infrastructure,securing an efficient regulatory framework and much more. Having adopted the International Convention Against Doping in Sport, Russia has proven its commitment to the Olympic ideal of honest sports and is going to host the 2014 Games in accordance with all international requirements.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko, Bid CEO, commented on the news:
“This is a great boost for our bid to bring the Olympic Winter Games to Russia for the first time in history. Our country is serious about its commitment to providing the Olympic Family with Olympic Winter Games that uphold the values of clean competition and fair play, and this Convention is further proof to that effect. The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 will be an occasion for Russia to show how far we have come in terms and to set the right example for future generations.”