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Statement From United States Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr Regarding the International Convention Against Doping in Sport

Feb. 07, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

"We appreciate the action taken today by President Bush in transmitting the International Convention Against Doping in Sport to the United States Senate for its consideration. This is a significant step forward in the process of securing ratification of this important international anti-doping convention by our government, and we join President Bush in encouraging prompt ratification by the Senate. This convention is emblematic of the commitment our government has made to work in partnership with anti-doping authorities and governments from around the world to further eradicate the use of banned and illegal substances in Olympic sport. The UNESCO Convention also reflects a commitment on behalf of our nation to play a meaningful role in protecting the integrity of sport and the health and well-being of athletes at every level of participation through clean competition."About the UNESCO Convention: The convention, drafted under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with significant United States Government involvement and support, aims to harmonize and coordinate the activities of governments in combating doping in sport. Ratifying the convention will solidify our Nation's place as a leader in the worldwide effort to rid athletics of cheating through chemistry. Presently, more than 70 nations have ratified the convention.