U.S. Looks to Approve Anti-Doping Convention

By Dave Ungrady, Courtesy of WCSN.com

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8. PRESIDENT George W. Bush has asked the U.S. Senate to promptly endorse an international anti-doping convention that has already been ratified by 70 nations.

The convention, drafted by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aims to stop the use of banned and illegal performance enhancing substances in Olympic sport by coordinating the efforts of governments. It encourages promotion of anti-toping controls for international competitions.

"The convention addresses a variety of areas that are essential in promoting anti-doping controls, such as scientific and medical research, prevention and education activities, and regulations involving doping substances and methods," White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a written statement Thursday. "The convention's principles are already reflected in U.S. law and policy, and United States policy is presently consistent with the convention."

The United States Olympic Committee called the President's action a significant step forward in the process of securing ratification of the convention by the U.S. government.

"We join President Bush in encouraging prompt ratification by the Senate," USOC Chief Executive Jim Scherr said in a statement.

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