Last updated on: 1/9/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The fight against doping is the number one priority for the IOC. It is a question of ethics and health, linked to the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Movement, such as fair play.

For this reason, the IOC President has established a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy to avoid cheating and to punish anyone responsible for providing and using doping products.”

“Factsheet: The Fight Against Doping and Promotion of Athletes’ Health,” IOC website, Feb. 7, 2007 (updated Mar. 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The International Olympic Committee was founded on 23 June 1894 by the French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin who was inspired to revive the Olympic Games of Greek antiquity.

The IOC is an international non-governmental non-profit organisation and the creator of the Olympic Movement. The IOC exists to serve as an umbrella organisation of the Olympic Movement. It owns all rights to the Olympic symbols, flag, motto, anthem and Olympic Games. Its primary responsibility is to supervise the organisation of the summer and winter Olympic Games.”

“International Olympic Committee: Organization,” IOC website (accessed Nov. 21, 2008)

Mission:

“The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement. The IOC’s role is:

  1. to encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned;
  2. to encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions;
  3. to ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games;
  4. to cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace;
  5. to take action in order to strengthen the unity and to protect the independence of the Olympic Movement;
  6. to act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement;
  7. to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women;

  8. to lead the fight against doping in sport;
  9. to encourage and support measures protecting the health of athletes;
  10. to oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes;
  11. to encourage and support the efforts of sports organisations and public authorities to provide for the social and professional future of athletes;
  12. to encourage and support the development of sport for all;
  13. to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues, to promote sustainable development in sport and to require that the Olympic Games are held accordingly;
  14. to promote a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and host countries;
  15. to encourage and support initiatives blending sport with culture and education;
  16. to encourage and support the activities of the International Olympic Academy (‘IOA’) and other institutions which dedicate themselves to Olympic education.”

“Olympic Charter,” IOC website, July 7, 2007

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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?
  2. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  3. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?