Written Answers. - Sports Anti-Doping Programme.

Eamon Gilmore


29 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation the proposals, if any, he has brought to Government arising from his consideration of the report of the anti-doping advisory committee of the Irish Sports Council; when he will bring forward his planned measures to combat doping in sport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15140/98]

As the Deputy will be aware, I announced this week the introduction of Ireland's first ever national sports anti-doping programme. The programme is targeted for nation-wide application with effect from 1 January 1999 and will be operated under the aegis of the Irish Sports Council.

The introduction of a national sports anti-doping programme underlines the Government's commitment to creating a sporting environment that fosters the pursuit of excellence and fulfilment in sport by fair and ethical means, and to ratification of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention 1989, which Ireland signed in 1992. I am pleased to state that the programme will reflect both the general principles of the anti-doping advisory committee's report and many of its recommendations. I will be happy to supply the Deputy directly with details of the new programme if he wishes.