The President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques ROGGE, and the Director General of UNESCO, Dr Matsuura, today signed a bilateral agreement allowing both organisations to work together in the areas of culture, education and development.
The IOC President was accompanied by Guy DRUT, member of the IOC and the Foreign Affairs Commission of the National Assembly, as well as Henri SERANDOUR, IOC member and President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF).
President Rogge also attended the opening of the Conference, which will continue until the end of the week at the UNESCO headquarters, and which should lead to the drafting of an International Convention on Doping, ensuring governments' membership of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
On this occasion, President Rogge recalled that the sports movement relied on the active assistance of governments with respect to the fight against doping. "The fight against doping began in the 1960s, and was led simultaneously by the IOC and governments, though their efforts were not sufficiently coordinated"
, he explained during his speech. "In 1999, the Olympic Movement decided to create the World Anti-Doping Agency in order to coordinate the efforts of the sports movement and governments. Governments alone have the power to legislate, increase border controls, issue search warrants, break up drug networks, close illegal laboratories and control the content of nutritional or herbal supplements".
"The fight against doping must be carried out at all levels. It is not only a matter of cleaning up top-level sport, but also preventing the use of doping products among young people. Today, doping affects all levels of the pyramid, from high-level sport to recreational sport. It is a real public health problem,"
added the President.
Concluding, the President declared: "I congratulate WADA for the action taken up to now, and call upon all governments to pay their contribution to the Agency and to sign the UNESCO Convention. The sports movement will take up its responsibilities and commits to supporting governments in a relentless fight against doping".