Cycling News Roundup 12 December 2006
Bert Roesems Injury, Cunego Renews with Lampre/Fonital for Three Years. Team
News: Value Act Capital, CSC, Sienna, Aerospace. AE Sports Womens Initative.
Bike Biz News: Carmichael Tome, Tyler Farrar, Todd Herriot, Bean Team Christmas,
Breakaway from Cancer Jerseys and more...
Bert Roesems: broken collarbone !!!
Bert Roesems crashed today during a track training session at Ghent.
His physician has immediately confirmed a broken collarbone.
Bert will go tomorrow to Dr. Toon Claes at Herentals if an operation is
possible, he will ask to be treated immediately. But Bert will not be able to be
in Mallorca for the first team training. This crash of our Belgian time-trial
vice-champion is the eleventh 2006 setback for the Davitamon-Lotto team!
Let us hope that it will be the last, and that our new Predictor-Lotto team will
live under a better star in 2007!
Get well soon Bert.
Damiano Cunego Signs for Three More Years with
Damiano Cunego and Lampre-Fondital: a relationship that will last for
a long time. The Italian cyclist chose to ride until 2009 with Giuseppe
There had been many interests for Cunego from various pro-cycling team, but the
Tour de France 2006 white jersey chose firmly Lampre-Fondital, extending his
contract for two years. Cunego signed the contract during the Lampre-Fondital's
training camp in Boario Terme, in company of Mario Galbusera, Lampre's
president, and of Silvestro Niboli, Fondital's president.
Mario Galbusera, Damiano Cunego, Olrando Niboli and Giuseppe Saronni with the
new jersey of Lampre-Fondital 2007.
"I had no doubt - explained Cunego - I 'm glad to extend the contract with
Lampre-Fondital, because of the trust and the reliability of the team. I
appreciated the enthusiasm of Galbusera family, of Niboli family and of the
other sponsors: I hope I could give them important satisfactions".
Lampre/Fondital at the team camp this month.
Team CSC News
Survival Camp Over With
Friday night the possibly most important part of the ongoing team training trip
in South Africa was over. The traditional December event means so much for the
team and Friday three days of ”survival training” in the harsh South African
winderness was over with. For the seventh time team trainer B.S. Christiansen
was the man behind these tests.
Afterwards there was a general feeling, that the trip gave some very positive
vibrations which was absolutely impeccable. ”I am sure the team spirit on this
team scares the other teams. I have seen a lot of riders from other teams look
at us with huge respect and intimidation because of the team spirit that was
glowing from us – well, I even did so myself before I came to the team,” Karsten
Kroon explained during the trip.
”If you know yourself and your team mates this well, it gives you an
opportunity to take advantage of the resources available on the team –
especially when trouble arise at the worst possible time. That is when the team
will be able to use the experiences and information gathered from this trip. It
is like packing a back sack with extra power for the roads,” said B.S.
The Team training will continue on in the next days, but with a different
program and a possibility for the riders to enjoy the sun on the South African
roads. If you are a member of the Team CSC Official Fan Club, you will also have
a possibility to read a blog from the trip
ValueAct Capital Women’s Cycling Team
ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based investment firm, is proud to announce
the inception of the ValueAct Capital Women's Cycling Team for 2007. With a
promising mix of experienced and developing talent, the team will contest
National Racing Calendar events as well as Northern California races.
The ValueAct Capital Cycling Team Roster consists of Martina Patella, Laura
Downey, Taitt Sato, Sharon Allpress, Courtenay Brown, as well as Australians
Hayley Brown and 2005 individual pursuit World Champion Katie Mactier for select
U.S. events. Lisa Hunt brings experience and vitality as the Team Director,
Michael Smartt of Whole Athlete is the Team Coach, Steve Radonich will be the
team mechanic, and Garrett Lau is the Team Photographer.
The team is being managed under the umbrella of Momentum Sports Group, LLC,
which also manages the Health Net p/b Maxxis Cycling Team. "We recognize the
growth of women's cycling and racing, and we are very excited to support the
ValueAct Capital Cycling Team," says Thierry Attias of Momentum Sports Group,
LLC. The team will be riding Serotta bicycles. Additional sponsors include the
Dubai International Financial Exchange, Reynolds, Speedplay, Ritchey. Rudy
Project, Maxxis, fi'z:ik, Capoforma, Cytosport, and the U.S. Women’s Cycling
ValueAct Capital is one of the premiere value-investment
firms in the United States, taking large ownership positions in publicly-traded
companies and then working closely with company management to generate strong
returns. ValueAct Capital is very excited to sponsor a dedicated, talented
cycling team that embodies the firm’s own work ethic and drive for success.
For more information on the team and additional sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Team Director Lisa Hunt at
firstname.lastname@example.org The team website,
is currently under construction by web designer Steven Place.
AE Sport Development Launches U.S. Women’s Program
With the goals of providing development opportunities and assistance to women in
cycling, the AE Sport Development Foundation has been created by American Espoir,
operator of the 2006 CPT-Colnago Professional women’s team. AE Sport Development
sets out with a clear goal to provide resources and guidance for women
identified as Olympic and world-championship talents.
Seven to eight athletes will be selected for the 2007 program scholarship. AE
SD will provide guidance and training within the Performance Enhancement Team
(PET) model, which uses an assortment of experts within the fields of sport
psychology, physiology, medicine, and nutrition to overcome obstacles and
maximize each athlete’s growth toward their potential.
A significant portion of the nonprofit organization’s budget comes from
public sport grants and private funding, which ensures the longevity of the
program. AE Sport Development board Director Chris Wentz stated: “The
development program is something I and the other partners are very proud of
because it provides long-term support for riders. Women have brought home many
medals at World Championships, and, in my opinion, many corporate sponsors are
dismissing their wide audience and wholesome character. This program will work
with athletes over several years, and because of that stability I see only
success for the Foundation’s goals.”
The AE Sport Development Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
During their operation of the CPT-Colnago women’s team Chloe Forsman, Jennifer
Gersbach, Megan Monroe, and Aimee Vasse were signed to international
professional teams. They continue this mission with the AE SD Foundation: Its
mission is to bring female athletes toward their potentials in sport and life so
they may contribute to the international community of sport, while being role
models for youth in their communities.
For more information about AE Sport Development or help fill the last 15% of
their budget, visit
Sponsor or media inquiries may also be directed to:
Robbie McEwen returns to the TDU
TOUR DOWN UNDER
16-21 JANUARY 2007
Winner of the coveted green jersey at the Tour de France, and the inaugural
winner of the Down Under Classic Robbie McEwen will return to the Tour Down
Under in January with his team Predictor-Lotto. Robbie has won more stages than
any other rider at the TDU (11) and is looking to add to this tally in 2007.
Also returning to the TDU in 2007 will be American Cycling Team, Navigators
Insurance, with 4 Aussies riding for them. Making their Tour Down Under debut
will be Barloworld, with South African sprinter Robert Hunter expected to
challenge McEwen's sprint supremacy.
Full team lists can be found at
Obree delights the crowd at Revolution 15
A lively Revolution audience was treated to the best racing so far
this season on Saturday night with Scottish legend Graeme Obree the star
attraction in an action packed race programme.
One of the highlights of the evening was the DHL Pursuit Challenge where
Obree took on a team of Future Stars riders in a 4km contest. Obree was always
going to have his work cut out in his off season and especially with a hungry
quartet of juniors chasing him but the race provided some of the biggest cheers
as Obree held off the youngsters until they caught him on the final lap, "I was
a little bit concerned when the organisers told me how fast they expected the
Future Stars to go, especially as I haven't raced for six months" commented
Obree. "I got out the best bike and put on a big gear but they were too fast and
caught me right at the end. It was a fantastic evening though and I really
enjoyed the event and the racing".
It was a busy night for the Future Stars team with Mark Christian, Andy Fenn,
Tom Skubala and Sam Freeman riding across all the events including a new Future
Stars Madison. Christian won the Madison with Chris Whorrall and held onto the
leader’s jersey in the overall competition, "It was a tough night with the extra
races," he said. "The Madison was really hard because you have to stay so
focused and it was the first time we have raced a proper Madison so it was great
to win it."
"It was amazing to race against Graeme Obree too" he continued. "All of us
have a lot of respect for him so we were really excited to get the chance to do
the pursuit. It was really hard work which shows what a phenomenal rider Graeme
In the other racing Craig MacLean showed impressive form winning all of his
events in the Ravenswood ‘win your weight’ sprint omnium and 86kg worth of wine
for his efforts. Bradley Wiggins and Franco Marvulli won the Isaac Galvez
Memorial Madison with other victories going to Iijo Keisse and Marco Villa for
the Team Elimination, Tony Gibb and James Taylor in the 1km Madison Time Trial
and Adam Blythe in the Points Race.
The final event of season 4 takes place in the New Year on January 20th.
Tickets can be purchased from
www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 07005 942 579 or 0161 223 2244.
New England Bicycle Racing Association
to honor top racers for 2006
The New England Bicycle Racing Association (NEBRA) is holding its second
annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 13, 2006
from 5:00 to 10:00 PM at the Best Western Royal Plaza, Fitchburg, MA.
The event will feature a keynote appearance by Daniel Manibal, President and
Promoter of the UCI Montreal - Boston Cycling Tour 2007, and will highlight the
2006 racing season and honor those who have achieved top rankings in NEBRA
qualified racing events in both the road and cyclocross seasons.
“The New England bicycle racing scene is alive and growing and the
competition this year has been intense,” said George Gantz, President of
Fitchburg Cycling Club which is hosting the event this year. “The Annual Banquet
is a great tradition and gives a chance for racers and fans to swap stories and
have some fun before the 2007 season gets into full swing.”
Tickets are available at www.bikereg.com for $29.50 and include a buffet dinner,
awards, raffle prizes and entertainment. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities
are also available by emailing
Special room rates are available for NEBRA attendees at the Best Western Royal
Plaza Hotel, located off Route 2 at Exit 28 (Rte 31) Fitchburg MA. (call
Murphy Wins the 2006 Georgia Cyclocross State
Murphy on the Podium
ATHENS, Ga. (Dec. 11,2006)--AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork Elite rider, Eric
Murphy recently claimed the Georgia Cyclocross State Championship title at the
Championship race held in Macon, Ga. on Dec. 3, 2006.
The State Championship race attracted a strong field of riders including Alan
Factory’s Jed Schneider of South Carolina, who although not eligible for the
championship, elevated the level of competition.
In the men’s A race, Schneider immediately hit the front of the field and
started to drive the pace. Within two laps, he and Murphy found themselves off
the front of a seven man chase group. Schneider, a seasoned cross racer,
comfortably towed newcomer Murphy around until the final lap when he accelerated
away for a solo win 20 seconds ahead of Murphy. Murphy crossed the line very
pleased to be taking home the State Championship Jersey for his team and
“I’m thrilled to bring this win home,” said and exhausted Murphy. “
I’d especially like to send a big thanks to Jamis for providing me with a great
bike, the new Super Nova Cross, to compete this season.”
Murphy finished third overall in the series, which wrapped up Sunday, Dec. 10,
More information on the 2006 AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork team is available at
SIENNA Development/Goble Knee signs with Seven and
Utah's Top Team Declares Selves "Best Equipped Amateur
Team in the US!"
Salt Lake City, Utah: The Sienna Development-Goble Knee Clinic Elite Cycling
Team has forged a partnership with Seven Cycles, Reynolds Cycling and Canyon
Bicycles of Salt Lake City for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The team will be
riding Seven's Elium Race for all road events equipped with Reynolds' carbon
fiber wheels, handlebars, seatposts and other accessories.
The Elium Race is a thoroughbred carbon-fiber and titanium competition bike
with a temperament exclusively for road racing, crits, and competitive club
rides. This partnership is largely due to the tireless work of Canyon Bicycles
of Salt Lake City and is built upon their shared success with Seven and
Reynolds. Canyon has been a top five US dealer for Seven each of the past six
years and was the number two dealer in the US for 2006. Canyon has been aided by
Seven and the use of Reynolds products to successfully establish a high-end
niche market in Utah utilizing a completely custom approach which was applied
for each team member.
The Sienna Development-Goble Knee Clinic team has demonstrated its inspiring
ability to execute as a cohesive team throughout the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and
2006 seasons. The results speak for themselves: The Sienna Development-Goble
Knee Clinic team won 13 races in 2006 and claimed its fifth consecutive #1 Utah
Cycling Association team ranking. The 2007 Men's Elite Team will once again be
comprised of 10 riders for regional and select national events. Depth,
experience, and self-sacrifice characterize the team. Each rider has a firm
commitment to cycling, to each other, and to the team's partners: a winning
combination that has taken the team to the top of the podium. "The team is
almost giddy with anticipation to get on these bikes," notes team member and
former professional cyclist Ryan Barrett.
Breakaway from Cancer Jersey
The Breakaway from Cancer initiative was created by Amgen Inc. as a
complementary component to the company’s sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of
California professional cycling race. Like cycling, it takes endurance,
strength, hope and a network of support for people living with cancer to
breakaway from the disease.
Now cycling enthusiasts can do their part to help raise awareness and funds
to support valuable services and programs that help people living with cancer by
purchasing a special Breakaway from Cancer cycling jersey. Each jersey costs
$79.99 and 100% of the purchase price from sales of these jerseys will directly
support the national Breakaway from Cancer initiative. Jerseys, and T-shirts
from American designer and cancer survivor Carmen Marc Valvo ($28 for men and
women), are available for purchase at
Breakaway from Cancer™ launched in 2005 to raise awareness and funds to
support services and programs for people affected by cancer. Last year, through
this initiative, Amgen raised more than $1 million to support The Wellness
Community. This year Amgen is proud to support both the National Coalition for
Cancer Survivorship and The Wellness Community as this year’s non-profit
Since its founding in 1980 in Thousand Oaks, California, Amgen has used the
power of pioneering science to fight serious illness and dramatically improve
people's lives. Amgen’s mission is to serve patients. In line with that mission,
Amgen is proud to sponsor the Amgen Tour of California to underscore the value
of a healthy lifestyle, promote the recognition of medical advances made
possible through biotechnology, and emphasize the appropriate use of its
medicines. To complement its sponsorship of this exciting event, Amgen is also
proud to continue the Breakaway from Cancer™ education and fundraising
initiative to support people affected by cancer.
Jittery Joe's Cycling Team - Its a "Bean Team"
Top 5 Bean Team Gifts:
5. Some great rich, winter coffee like Mocha Java, Tanzanian Peaberry or
Traveling Joe Blend.
4. Jittery Joe’s Team Mechanic’s shirt or Jittery Joe’s logo Tifosi
sunglasses—give someone a sweet piece of team gear!
3. A six month coffee subscription gift or gift certificate from the Team
2. Reserve a 2007 team jersey and bib shorts today and get them as soon as the
1. The Ultimate gift for a Jittery Joe’s Cycling Team fan—a Discover Adventures
Bean Team Tour of Georgia! Join the team for a week behind the scenes during
North America’s premier race.
All of these gifts are available on the Team Webstore:
for the Bean Team tour which is only available through
Order by December 13 and get guaranteed delivery by Christmas!
Happy Holidays from the Bean Team!
World's top team confirmed for Wellington Tour in
Organisers of the Trust House Women’s Cycling Tour in March have received an
early Christmas present with confirmation that leading European professional
team, T-Mobile from Germany, will be on the start line.
Fresh from a hugely successful full season of international competition the
T-Mobile women’s team is aiming even higher in 2007 with a world-class roster of
eleven riders from six nations. “We have already decided who will ride in New
Zealand”, team manager Kristy Scrymgeour said.
“We already have five riders living and training down under in our
off-season, four in Australia and one in New Zealand, and we will bring Judith
Arndt over as the sixth rider. We want to start the season well, and I think we
have a strong team in New Zealand and Australia to do that,” said Scrymgeour
For the 2007 team roster, leading riders Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and former World
Champion Judith Arndt stay with the team. They will be joined by Oenone Wood,
Linda Villumsen, Kate Bates, and Alex Rhodes.
Australian Oenone Wood is the biggest new name on the roster and though she
is still relatively new to cycling she has already achieved so much. She is a
two-time World Cup Series winner and former Australian National Champion; Linda
Villumsen is a European and Danish Champion; Track specialist Kate Bates is a
current Australian National Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist; and
making up the team is young Australian Alex Rhodes, who has fully recovered from
serious injury incurred in a major accident in Germany in July 2005, which
claimed the life of team-mate Amy Gillett.
“We have strengthened the squad considerably and I’m convinced that we’ll be
up there with the world’s best teams and we will win many races”, team coach
Petra Rossner said. “The team was strong in 2006 and we intend to follow up and
expand on that. We want to make our mark on the stage-races like the Tour of New
Zealand and our goal is simple - to win as often as possible,” Rossner said.
Race Director Jorge Sandoval is thrilled with the news. "Having the team
currently considered to be one of the best in the world racing here in New
Zealand again is great for the sport and for our event," he said.
"The Trust House 2007 Tour is already looking like being bigger and better
than last year, and that's fantastic for everyone involved. The better we can
make it, the more international exposure both the race, and New Zealand, will
receive. It's going to be big."
Entries have also now been received from the German National team.
The Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand takes place from 7 to 11 March 2007.
Tyler Farrar Personal Appearance In Washington
Tales from the ProTour
Join us on Saturday, Dec 16th, at 3:00pm (NEW TIME) for a discussion with
Washington resident and Cofidis ProTour cyclist, Tyler Farrar. Tyler will be
discussing his first year of full-time European competition in the upper tier of
cycling. Tyler is highly acclaimed as a top prospect for the future of American
cycling. Come join us for a rare chance to listen to his insight into the
William Pettis and Peter Schmitt will also discuss their practice at the
Institute of New Medicine, where they integrate a holistic approach using both
Eastern and Western treatments to optimize athletic potential through health and
recovery. They have had recent success with US National champion George Hincapie
and Olympian Ryder Hesjedal.
The cost is $20 per person with all proceeds donated to the Diabetes and
Wellness Foundation on behalf of Lake Washington Velo. The discussion will last
approximately one hour, with a question and answer forum to follow. Snacks and
beverages will be provided by pastry chef, Dana Cree.
Space is limited, so don't delay.
Herriott Sports Performance is Seattle's new state-of-the-art cycling
performance center. Encompassing all your training needs under one roof, Herriot
Sports Performance offers cycling coaching, strength and conditioning, physical
therapy, bike fitting, scientific physiology testing (lactate testing, VO2,
anaerobic and aerobic Thresholds), wingate max power testing, and much more!
Please call or email with any questions about our services.
Conveniently located between pioneer square and Seattle's waterfront,
Herriott Sports Performance is housed within the Institute of New Medicine, in
the Maritime building at 911 Western Ave. Integrating the strengths of both
Eastern and Western medical philosophy, The Institute of New Medicine strives to
advanced natural medicine. Utilizing advanced cutting edge diagnostics,
complementary therapies, proven protocols and sophisticated healing skills,
iNewMed is pioneering the field of modern healthcare. The staff at iNewMed is
committed to providing superior, personalized patient care and management.
About the staff at Herriott Sports Performance
Todd Herriott recently retired from Professional road cycling where
he spent the past 5 years competing on the Colavita and Health Net teams. Todd
is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Prior to moving to
Seatttle, Todd previously had a private strength and conditioning studio in New
York City. Todd has long been an advocate of core training, innovative strength
and conditioning training, and power-based cycling training.
Russell Cree has over 12 years experience as a competitive cyclist, in road
cycling, mt biking, cyclocross, and track cycling. He holds a degree in Exercise
Science and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University, a Masters Degree in
Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin, and a Doctorate in Physical
Therapy from Temple University. Russell is a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist (CSCS). His focus is rehabilitation and injury prevention of
endurance athletes, biomechanics, scientific exercise physiology testing, core
stability training, bike fitting/cyclist positioning, neuromuscular training of
pedaling, and coaching all levels of cyclists.
America’s Coach, Chris Carmichael, Introduces
“5 Essentials for a Winning Life”
Colorado Springs, CO. --- Chris Carmichael (www.chriscarmichael.com), Olympian,
New York Times bestselling author and coach to a number of world-class athletes
including cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance
Armstrong, today introduced the 5 Essentials for a Winning Life (Rodale,
December, 2006), a step-by-step action plan for achieving your personal,
professional, and fitness goals while performing at levels thought only possible
in youth. In the 5 Essentials Program, America’s Coach provides the empowering
tools for harmonizing the five essential aspects of life—fitness, nutrition,
relationships, career and health—to construct a strong, stable, and supportive
platform from which we can all reach our dreams.
While there are many books that offer advice on making a change in one
specific area of life – whether it is diet, fitness, career advancement or
relationships – the 5 Essentials Program provides the integrated and balanced
approach to release the champion within and create lasting change.
5 Essentials for a Winning Life offers:
• Highly effective ways to drop pounds and keep them off
• Medical tests that can save your life
• Realistic and proven guidance for balancing your career, relationships,
health, fitness and nutrition goals
• Simple, clearly explained exercises that can be completed anywhere
• More than 60 fast and easy heart-healthy recipes
“Great success in any area of life is only possible if you first achieve an
integrated, healthy and balanced lifestyle,” said Chris Carmichael. “No matter
how overweight you are. No matter what financial problems you’re facing. No
matter how disconnected you’ve become from your family. No matter what health
problems you’re currently dealing with. And no matter how frustrated you are
with your job. You can still win if you master the 5 Essentials.”
“5 Essentials for a Winning Life goes far beyond workouts and meal plans,”
said seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong. “It’s the performance
plan for living life to its fullest.”
5 Essentials for a Winning Life is available wherever finer books are sold on
December 12 and online at www.chriscarmichael.com where you can join the growing
community of adults who are winning at life!
Giro Helmets Sign on as Sponsor
Caisse D’Epargne/Illes Balears
Giro is delighted to welcome the Caisse D’Epargne – Illes Balears
Professional Cycling Team to our extended cycling family. Reigning Pro Tour
Alejandro Valverde and the rest of the boys will debut their Giro helmets
January 2007, as they prepare their offense for what’s shaping up to be one of
the most animated seasons in the history of professional cycle sport.
At Giro, rider input is a pivotal part of the product development process.
“Everyone at Giro is ecstatic to kick off our partnership with the Caisse
D’Epargne – Illes Balears team. We look forward to working with the team to
pioneer leading edge technology and product” said Tom Larter, Giro Vice
President of Marketing.
The complete 2007 Caisse D’Epargne – Illes Balears team
roster is as follows:
David Arroyo, Eric Berthou, Florent Brard, Vladimir Efimkin, Imanol Erviti,
Marco Fertonani, Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta, Ivan Gutierrez, Joan Horrach,
Vladimir Karpets, Pablo Lastras, David Lopez, Alberto Losada, Alexey Markov,
Oscar Pereiro, Aitor Perez Arrieta, Francisco Perez, Mathieu Perget, Nicolas
Portal, Sebastan Portal, Vicente Reynes, Joaquin Rodriguez, Alejandro Valverde,
and Xabier Zandio.
The Spanish team’s Service Corse will be fully stocked with Giro Atmos and
Advantage helmets, both of which feature unique colorways available to Giro
WADA Applauds Swift Ratification by Governments of
International Convention against Doping in Sport
Agency Welcomes Entry into Force as a Key Step in the Global Fight
against Doping in Sport
Montreal, 11 December 2006 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed today
the deposit at UNESCO of the 30th instrument of ratification of the
International Convention against Doping in Sport (Convention) by the government
of Luxembourg. Reaching the threshold of 30 ratifications, required by UNESCO
procedures for this convention, means that the first global treaty against
doping in sport will enter into force on February 1, 2007.
“The Convention’s entry into force signals the strong commitment of the
governments of the world to the fight against doping in sport,” said WADA
President Richard W. Pound. “The drafting and unanimous adoption of this
Convention in just two years is a world record for international treaties, and
now its entry into force within under a year of its adoption is another record
in the history of UNESCO. We warmly commend and thank UNESCO for facilitating
the process, and we look forward to the ratification of the Convention by all
governments of the world.”
The International Convention against Doping in Sport is the treaty
formalizing the commitment of governments to the fight against doping in sport.
Until now, many governments could not be legally bound by a non-governmental
document such as the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the document harmonizing
regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries of the world,
which entered into force on January 1, 2004. Governments accordingly drafted the
International Convention under the auspices of UNESCO - the United Nations body
responsible for education, science and culture - enabling them to align their
domestic policies with the Code and thereby harmonizing sport rules and public
legislation in the fight against doping in sport. This Convention was
unanimously adopted by the 191 States present at the General Conference of
UNESCO in Paris, France, on October 19, 2005.
“The speed at which governments are ratifying the Convention clearly shows
that public authorities are well aware of the importance of stemming the scourge
of doping in sport and its impact on pubic health. Governments also recognize
the need to partner with the sports movement to coordinate efforts for
efficiency and effectiveness in anti-doping,” said WADA Vice-President and
Minister for Culture and Sport in Denmark Brian Mikkelsen. “The commitment of
governments to this fight has been highlighted by their decisive action in a
number of recent high-profile cases and investigations, and I am certain that
the partnership between governments and the sports movement, facilitated by
WADA, will continue to grow.”
Governments’ authority, when applied to the fight against doping, greatly
advances efforts. For example, governments can take action against the illegal
manufacture and supply of doping substances, facilitate doping controls, support
education, fund research, and take other equally important measures.
Some 186 countries have signed the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in
Sport, the political document through which governments show their intention to
implement the World Anti-Doping Code through ratification of the UNESCO
Convention. It is expected that all of them will ratify the Convention for
practical implementation of the universally accepted anti-doping rules and
You can find the list of countries that have ratified the Convention and more
information on the Convention by clicking
The UNESCO Web site also provides valuable information on the Convention:
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent
organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight
against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded
equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key activities
include scientific research, education, out-of-competition testing, development
of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the
first document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and