Doping undermines sports ethics and destroys the image of
sport, and of sportsmen and women. Despite the efforts of various
stakeholders, cases of proven doping by high-level athletes continue
to emerge. Worse still, doping is taking on huge proportions in
amateur sport and sports practised by millions of young people.
Doping is not only a serious violation of sports ethics, but it
engenders major public health risks and helps to enrich criminal
To be more effective in the fight against this scourge, various
lines of enquiry would be worth exploring, including increased harmonisation
of national legislation, improved co-ordination between various
State services, increased investigative resources available to police
forces responsible for combating doping and enhanced police co-operation,
training of specialised magistrates, together with increased co-operation between
the authorities and sports organisations and pooling of information.
Preventive work with young amateur and semi-professional athletes
and the fight against trafficking should be among the priorities
of the anti-doping strategy. States should adopt national doping
prevention programmes and, in particular, develop information and
awareness actions in the context of national education at all levels, seeking
to collaborate with sports organisations.
Sports associations and federations should develop information
and awareness-raising programmes and actions aimed in particular
at young people, and take action in primary and secondary schools,
alongside the authorities, to raise awareness among young people
about the risks of doping and help them to develop a sporting culture
based on respect for values and sports ethics.