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Czech Charter against Doping

Czech Anti-Doping Committee (CADC)
Prague, December 2, 1993

The programme of the combat against doping is a world-wide affair. It is undertaken in mutual cooperation of the International Olympic Committee and all the international sports federations as well as of the National Olympic Committees and national sports federations and organizations. The combat against doping is joined also by governmental authorities in the scope of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Council of Europe. On an international scale the basic document of the anti-doping programme is the Olympic Anti-doping Charter and the European Anti-Doping Convention, which was adopted by the member states of the Council of Europe and other states which are party to the European Cultural Convention.

The Czech Anti-Doping Committee (CADC), in an effort to contribute to the purification of sports from the application of banned doping agents, addresses itself to all institutions, organizations and individuals, participating in sports activities, with the following declaration:

In an effort to achieve the best possible sports performance or placing, the application has spread of certain agents which accelerate and increase performance in conflict with the moral and ethical principles of sports training and sports competitions.

The application of agents to increase performance on the basis of prohibited medical preparations and methods is qualified as doping and, similarly as the application of drugs, is a violation of the values of sports and as such has to be emphatically condemned.

The combat against doping refers to the entire sports movement, all its performance and age groups, as well as to other sports activities of noncompetitive character.

Besides the moral impact, doping agents have also an unfavourable effect on the health of sportsmen. While therapeutically applied medicines are a means for the recovery of an ill person, the misuse of medicines in case of sportsmen is detrimental to health.

The responsibility for the exclusion of doping from sport is shared by all participants of sports activities, that is by sportsmen, trainers, medical personnel and other sports officials. Direct responsibility for not using forbidden doping agents or methods is primarily with the sportsman himself. The trainer or sports official takes care of effective prevention against doping, in particular by appropriate education. The doctor is responsible for the selection of medical methods and medicines within the spirit of ethical norms.

Effective prevention, stemming form the sufficiently convincing awareness of moral destruction and of the harmfulness of doping to the health of sportsmen, is the basic means of the combat against doping in sports.

High quality training, based on the application of the most recent knowledge utilized optimally in training practice, must become an important assumption for suppression of doping from sports.

An irreplaceable role in the entire anti-doping programme is taken by the control of the abuse of doping agents and methods, which has to be objective, consistent and systematic.

Taking into account that doping is in conflict with sports ethics, that physical and mental health of sportsmen has to be protected, that it is necessary to defend the values of fair play and the rights of all those who participate in sports competitions, that doping in sports is part of the problem of drug consumption, it is necessary:

  • to combat doping in sport in mutual cooperation, by all means, with the aim of achieving its full suppression,
  • in domain of education to concentrate not only on sportsmen but on all persons participating in sports activities,
  • in the competition rules and regulations of sports federations to formulate the principles of the Charter and to determine the obligation of sportsmen to submit to doping control in case they will be invited to it,
  • to ensure that all ascertained cases of doping be duly investigated and that the offenders be punished in accordance with valid regulations,
  • to cooperate with international federations and doping control authorities in the detection of doping practices anywhere in the world.

By signing this Charter the participants of sports activities:

  • profess the anti-doping programme in sports in the Czech Republic,
  • become full members of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Czech Republic
  • will observe the decisions, regulations and instructions of the Czech Anti-Doping Committee (CADC) as of an independent authority accredited to ensure the task of combat against doping on the territory of the Czech Republic.

The Anti-Doping Committee trusts that by responsible and honourable approach to the fulfilment of the anti-doping programme all participants of sports activities will contribute to the preservation of moral and ethical principles of respectable contests in our physical culture and sports.

Given in Prague on December 2, 1993


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