President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"It is a great pleasure to be with you today...to reaffirm our joint commitment to eliminate doping in sport.
Doping is one of the most serious threats the Olympic Movement has ever seen. It undermines all we stand for. It endangers the health of athletes. It undermines the credibility of results. It risks drying out the recruitment of sport, as, one day, parents might refuse to send their children to sports clubs.
The fight against doping involves however much more than elite sport alone. It is not only about testing and sanctioning well-known athletes, it is about the health and future of our population. It is therefore a public health problem. Recent studies indicate the same dynamics that exist in professional sports are emerging in high school and university sport programmes around the world. These studies indicate that hundreds of thousands of teenagers and even pre-teenagers are in danger.
As an advocate for sport and athletes around the world, the International Olympic Committee is unwavering in its commitment to combat doping in sport. This fight is our number one priority."
Speech by Jacques Rogge at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 15, 2007
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Eighth President, International Olympic Committee (IOC), July 16, 2001-present
Member, Executive Board, IOC, 1998-present
Member, IOC, 1991-present
President, European Olympic Committees, 1989-2001
President, Belgian National Olympic Committee, 1989-1992
Former Lecturer, Free University (Brussels, Belgium)
Former Lecturer, University of Ghent
Yachting Competitor in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972, and Montreal in 1976
Former member, Belgian national rugby team
Chef de mission, Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, 1976 and Calgary, 1988
Chef de mission, Games of the Olympiad in Moscow, 1980, Los Angeles, 1984, and Seoul, 1988
Former Chairman, Medical Commission, International Sailing Federation (ISAF)