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The Prince of Merode
at the CAFDIS launch
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In the run-up to this year's Winter Olympics in the United States, many will be bracing themselves for another round of embarrassing doping scandals, but one group, with the support of the European Commission, is doing something about the problem. On 18 January 2002 in Brussels, the CAFDIS concerted action launched its new interactive website, an unprecedented tool for linking all the relevant players in the field of anti-doping, including researchers, lawmakers and the pharmaceutical industry.

In an opening statement, the Prince of Merode, President of the International Olympic Commitee's (IOC's) medical commission told a rapt audience, "There is a lot of work being done by a lot of different groups in the fight against doping, but communication between these groups, like the IOC, the national Olympic committees, drug manufacturers and the people at Interpol , has been inefficient. The CAFDIS website will be, for all of us, an indispensable tool in this fight. CAFDIS is a perfect example of what we can do in Europe when we work together, and I think it's high time the rest of the world knew about it."

Cafdis website

Aimed at promoting the dissemination of anti-doping information, the CAFDIS website will provide information on laboratory results, ethics, education and research trends in the field of anti-doping on a need-to-know basis. Athletes, coaches, laboratory and medical personnel and legal authorities will all have different access ratings, allowing them to see and contribute information with various levels of security and confidentiality.

Reaching a wider audience

Dr Joseph Cummiskey is Medical Officer of the National Olympic Committee of Ireland and CAFDIS project coordinator. "This is an exciting moment," he told participants. "Today we are flipping the switch and the site is going out live. This is a real step in the right direction." With that, CAFDIS webmaster Paul Doherty opened the site for business (see Guests were then treated to a live online site tour. "The information on the site is currently being provided by us, with the help of the CAFDIS steering committee," said Cummiskey, "but now that the site is online, others will be able to contribute new material in accordance with their expertise and access rating. This is a unique opportunity for people who have never had the chance to sit down together and exchange ideas and information. We expect greatly increased co-operation and pooling of resources to follow."

Words of encouragement

Also speaking at the site launch were Laurent De Backer, Vice-President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and Jack Metthey, acting Director of EC Research Directorate H. According to De Backer, "This new website will be a great help to all of us. The athletes especially find the subject of doping to be very difficult and embarrassing, where a few incidents can make the whole sport look bad or a small mistake ruin a career. 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."

For Metthey, the CAFDIS project is part of a larger picture of EC action in the fight against all types of fraud and criminal activity. "The work we are supporting includes new technologies aimed at helping in the fight against crime in general, including doping in sport , counterfeiting and food safety -related issues.

"The support of the Commission has been very important," said Cummiskey. "This thing would never have got off the ground without its help."

For more on the Commission's sport policy, see:

For more on the Commission's activities in the fight against doping and other criminal activities, see the Growth website's 'Measurements and testing' pages:

Research themes:
Specific projects:

Defending ideals

Again, the Prince of Merode: "Seeing that our sports are clean and healthy is of fundamental importance. The Olympic ideal must be defended; otherwise our work has no meaning. We also have to be sure that our children understand the spirit of sportsmanship and that they are educated about sports doping. We do not see any mention of this question in our national school curricula, while doping activities are being seen at lower and lower competitive levels, and this has to change."

Reaching a wider audience
Words of encouragement
Defending ideals

Key data

Actions aimed at helping to combat doping in sport are supported under the Growth Programme's 'Measurements and testing' generic activity.


CAFDIS - Concerted action in the fight against doping in sport.


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