IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum hosted a discussion dedicated to the improvement of UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport. Russian representatives do think that such changes are possible. And they are determined to prove that.
Ksenia Mashkova, Head of International Cooperation Office, Head of Sports Law Center at Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), was moderating the discussion 'Development of UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport: Current Challenges and Prospects’.
Michael Geistlinger, Professor at University of Salzburg, Mikhail Degtyarev, Chairman of Committee on the physical culture, sports, tourism and youth Affairs at State Duma of the Russian Federation, Janez Kocijancic, President of European Olympic Committees, Prashant Kumar, President Elect of Bar Association of India, Despina Mavromati, Attorney at SportLegis, Adjunct Professor at University of Lausanne, Andrei Miniaev, Director of the Legal Department at Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of Russian Olympic Committee, Nicholas Stewart, QC at Ely Place Chambers, and Marcus Vinicius Furtado Coelho, Former National President at Brazilian Bar Association, delivered their presentations.
‘We use UN and UNESCO charter documents and statutes here and we think that this work can be launched only with consent of half of the countries and the results are also to be endorsed only at the conference, as the Charter stipulates,’ said Mikhail Degtyarev, Chairman of Committee on the physical culture, sports, tourism and youth Affairs at State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of Russian Olympic Committee, added that it is International Olympic Committee which is to be in charge of decision-making on Olympic Games and doping policy. ‘Olympic Games are exclusively owned by International Olympic Committee. Therefore, any decisions on holding the Games and participating in them can and should be made by International Olympic Committee only, in compliance with relative regulations,’ he explained.
Janez Kocijancic, President of European Olympic Committees, noted that certain changes had taken place in anti-doping of Russia. ‘Fair sport undoubtedly needs to be protected. We are to fight for fair sport and our aspiration is to be a significant one. I think that our Russian colleagues have done a very profound work. We’ve restored trust to Russian sport. This work must be carried on,’ he said.
In this connection Stanislav Pozdnyakov shared more details about the way such work is carried out in Russia and thanked his colleague for evaluating the work of Russian Olympic Committee on a high level. ‘We had some difficulties before but now we are almost in the forefront of this movement. It’s worth mentioning that Russian Olympic Committee is a co-founder of RUSADA National Anti-Doping Agency which has been completely restored and is currently one of the operating examples of correct anti-doping organizations, no matter what is said about it. We pay a lot of attention to the development of youth anti-doping culture at Russian Olympic Committee,’ said Mr. Pozdnykov.
Prashant Kumar, President Elect of Bar Association of India, said that it’s necessary to follow the rule of law principles and to take into account interests of all parties when anti-doping norms are devised. ‘ We can’t use the principle of Procrustean bed when we cut off the limbs which do not fit it. Everyone is to fit it regardless their capacities, active participation and so on,’ he said.
In conclusion moderator Ksenia Mashkova thanked all the participants and offered to become acquainted with the declaration dedicated to this topic.
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum is held on May 14-18th in the eastern wing of the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage. It is organized under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.