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International Olympic Committee and the Doping issue

By Spiros Tzelepis, Greece

The IOC's official position and some research on the subject

The previous month was marked by the presence of the Olympic Games at Sydney, which is perhaps the most popular sports event of the year, and the media focused on that extensively. An enormous number of people worldwide sat in front of their TV sets, absorbed in watching this highly popular sport event; as in every big athletic event, the competition was very tough and the performance of the athletes reached maximum degree since everyone passionately wants a medal. It is widely known that top performance requires extensive and systematic training and that hard effort, determination and strong are the keys to success.

The increasing competition between athletes has made many of them think that doping is a way to achieve better performance. Many cases of doped athletes have been reported in the past, and they have become top news at the headlines of the newspapers. On the whole, taking into account all the mentioned above, a discussion on doping is really up-to-date and it deserves attention and careful consideration.

Guests in this discussion are Patrick Schamasch -Medical Director of the IOC, and Professor Segura -a leading authority in the field of anti-doping research.

I would like to thank Patrick Schamasch and Professor Segura for being so kind and helpful.

Also special thanks to Pascal Wattiaux who brought me into contact with the IOC Medical Department. This article wouldn't have been possible without his precious help

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