European ministers of sport issue anti-doping statement

A large number of European ministers responsible for sport have agreed on a statement regarding respect for anti-doping rules and protection of clean athletes.

The informal statement is supported by 20 European countries, and reads as follows:

Statement from European Sports Ministers relating to the fight against doping in sport

We, the ministers responsible for sport in the following countries: Austria, Belgium (the three Communities of Belgium), Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom1, while respecting the autonomy of the sports movement, and in relation to recent events, consider it important to restate our support for the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency in the global fight against doping in sport and our support for the rights of clean athletes to perform in a doping-free environment. Doping continues to be one of the biggest threats to the integrity of sport and, in this context, we call upon all States Parties that have signed the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport to fully, through evidence, comply with the Convention’s requirements.Furthermore, we call upon all relevant Sports Organisations to use their existing rules and regulations to fully comply with their obligations in line with the World Anti-Doping Code; to proactively promote initiatives and measures to protect the integrity of sport, the credibility of WADA and the vast majority of clean athletes performing to their maximum potential without the use of prohibited performance enhancing methods or substances.

1The 10th of January 2017 the minister responsible for sport in Island stated his support for the statement above.

The Danish minister responsible for sport, Bertel Haarder, states:

“I’m satisfied that so many European countries are standing together to fight against doping and have agreed on a joint statement in this regard. The statement sends a strong signal and recalls that all States Parties having signed the UNESCO Convention against doping in sport should fulfill the obligations in the convention. “

The 20 countries supporting the informal statement are the following:

Austria, Belgium (the three Communities of Belgium), Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom and Iceland.

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*The press release has been revised 20th January 2017 after Iceland also announced its support for the declaration.