The Luxembourg Presidency and the Commission are increasing the pressure on FIFA to fall into line with world anti-doping requirements. Sports federations are being encouraged to develop internal anti-doping rules.
Speaking at the informal meeting of sports ministers on 29 April, Luxembourg’s Sports Minister Jeannot Krecké has fired a clear message from the Luxembourg Presidency and the Commission to world football governing body FIFA that it must fully meet worldwide requirements in the fight against doping. Krecké has invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to discuss the issue in person but has not yet received an answer.
Zero tolerance on doping was a key message to emerge from the meeting, with Krecké urging sports federations to adopt internal rules to achieve this goal.
On 28 April, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) agreed to set up a secretariat to monitor implementation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport.
“We hope that the convention will be ratified by the UNESCO member states before the Olympic Games in Turin in the winter of 2006,” said Krecké.
The fight against doping in sport is a top priority for International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, who has actively sought government backing to this end.