Brussels, 24 January 2002
A new interactive website supported by the European Commission aims to provide information from (and for) all the main players in the fight against doping in sport.
Aimed at researchers, legislators and the pharmaceutical industry, the website has been launched by a project funded under the Growth programme of the EU's Fifth Framework programme, entitled CAFDIS. It has had the active involvement of national Olympic committees and international sports federations. The site will focus on four specific areas: research and development, education, laboratory matters and future trends.
Access will be provided for athletes, coaches, researchers and legislators, but with a different access code for each, allowing confidentiality. Users will be able to offer information on latest breakthroughs and news while being able to consult information such as comprehensive updated lists of banned substances.
The website has already received positive feedback from the sporting world. Laurent de Backer, vice president of the international cycling union said: 'A clean and healthy sport is good for everyone, fans and participants alike, and we all need to know what we're talking about when it comes to doping.'
This sentiment was echoed by Dr Joseph Cummisky, medical officer of the national Olympic committee of Ireland. 'This is a unique opportunity for people who have never had the chance to sit down together and exchange ideas and information,' he said. 'The support of the European commission has been very important, as this thing would never have got off the ground without its help.'
To view the website, please consult the following web address: