International Olympic Committee's official attitude towards the doping issue
Patrick Schamasch, Medical Director of IOC, explains the doping issue to our readers.
Having in mind that the Olympics is a very big sports event and knowing that doping has caused many discussions in the past when some athletes had been accused of being doped, I thought to contact the most appropriate person to speak about this issue, the Medical Director of the IOC, Dr Patrick Schamasch. What follows is the result of this communication:
You are right, we are quite busy at this time. However, as education is one of the key of the fight against doping, I will try to provide you with some answers to your questions.
- What is IOC's official policy towards the doping issue?
- Doping is forbidden and this is clearly stated in the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Movement Anti Doping code which has entered in force as on January 1, 2000. The code is available on our web page www.nodoping.org. IOC's attitude is to be very strict and firm; however, the role of the IOC as a disciplinary body just takes place at the time of the Olympic Games. As for all the other competitions, they fall under the jurisdiction of each relevant International Federation. At the time of the Games, IOC Executive Board upon final decision of the IOC Medical Commission will apply sanctions which are exclusion of the Games.
- What are the main reasons athletes dope?
- Doping is cheating and cheating is genetically inscribed in the human nature. The epidemiology of Doping is very complex and many entrance paths may lead to it (performance, aesthetic,...) Why an athlete want to use doping substances? First to enhance performance, to reach fame and prosperity very often with a major risk for athlete's life.
- What is the percentage of athletes who dope?
- Some figures exist already and have been collected and published every year by the IOC accredited laboratories. According to this information, results show a doping tendency around 1.68%
- Does the IOC support anti-doping research?
- Yes, IOC has been, is and will finance research projects. The last time was when IOC Executive Board decided to fund these researches up to $2.000.000.
- Can you tell us a characteristic case of a doped athlete?
- I will have always in mind Johnson's story in Seoul but I think this is not the most characteristic case.
All the best
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