Since the entry into force of the UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport (February 1, 2007), 128 countries have joined it. Thus the adoption of adequate measures in the field of anti-doping has acquired the status of international legal obligation. To implement the relevant projects in needy countries the International Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport has been established, of which the largest donor is Russia.
The Convention's success is largely due to Russia's chairmanship: From 2007 to 2009, the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties was headed by UNESCO Champion for Sport, V.A.Fetisov (member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO). At the 2nd Session of the Conference of the Parties that took place in October 2009, Russia was elected to the office, and entered the newly established Committee for selection of applications for financing from the Fund.
Significance for Russia:
• Russia’s donor activity, multiplied by the creative approach to developing projects in the field of anti-doping, will promote an honest sport in the world and the international prestige of our country, which is especially important on the eve of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.