Strasbourg, 19 February 1997    Restricted

    CM(97)48

    For consideration at the 586th meeting

    of the Ministers' Deputies

    (17-20 March 1997, A level, item 7.1)

8TH MEETING OF THE MONITORING GROUP

OF THE ANTI-DOPING CONVENTION

(Strasbourg, 28-29 May 1997)

REQUEST BY CHINA TO PARTICIPATE AS AN OBSERVER

1.     The Anti-Doping Convention, ETS 135, which entered into force on 1 March 1990, is an open Convention. Thirty member States have ratified the Convention. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia and Canada are also Parties to this Treaty (see attached Chart of Signatures and Ratifications in Appendix 1). The United States of America, which participated in the elaboration of the Convention, Brazil, New Zealand and Peru attend meetings of the Monitoring Group as observers, on a regular basis.

2.    The Convention is a technical and legal instrument aimed at the co-ordination and harmonisation of national policies in the struggle against doping in sport. It is also the means for cooperating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other international sports federations on this question. Regarding the nature of this Convention and its aims as set out in the explanatory report, its importance grows with the number of States co-operating in its framework. The international scope of this Treaty was underlined when the UNESCO General Conference decided in 1995 not to draw up its own international instrument in this field, and recommended UNESCO member states to accede to the Council of Europe's Convention.

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3.     China has been one of the major sports powers since the early 1950s. Its athletes are among the best in a number of international competitions (see attached table in Appendix 2). This country also works in the struggle against doping and has an analytical laboratory accredited by the IOC in Beijing. The experience of China could positively contribute to the work of the Monitoring Group.

4.    In a fax to the Secretariat dated 28 November 1996, the Australian Sports Drug Agency (an independent body set up by legislation and answerable to the Commonwealth Minister of Environment, Sport and Tourism), which is the body which carries out the Australian government's obligations under the Convention, stated that, in the course of their bilateral contacts with the Chinese authorities, the latter had said that "they would very much appreciate and be interested in receiving an invitation ... to attend the next meeting [of the Monitoring Group]". Such an approach would appear to indicate a willingness by the Chinese authorities to align their anti-doping policies on current best international principles. For its part the Secretariat is sure that the Monitoring Group would wish to discuss matters of mutual concern in this field with the appropriate Chinese authorities.

5.    Under the terms of Article 10.4 of the Anti-Doping Convention:

    "The Monitoring Group may, by unanimous decision, invite any non-member State of the Council of Europe which is not a party to the Convention...to be represented by an observer at one or more of its meetings."

6.    Following the UNESCO decision mentioned under paragraph 2 the Monitoring Group, for its part, has been discussing ways in which it might help to assess, for the benefit of the Committee of Ministers, the suitability of requests by non-member States to accede to the Convention. One of the ways in which this might be done is to ask such States to complete the questionaire designed by the Monitoring Group to monitor the implementation of the Convention by Parties to the Convention as an indication of their level of performance in this area. The replies to this questionaire constitute a Data Base which is completed and updated annually. For example, the Peruvian Government, which has expressed an interest in acceding to the Convention, has been asked to complete the questionaire.

7.    During the meeting of the Working Party on Technical Questions in October 1996, participants took note of the information about China provided by the Australian Sports Drug Agency delegation. This information was presented in accordance with the structure of the questionaire. For the reasons explained in paragraph 6, above this information was not included in the annual compilation of the Data Base. However, the Chair of the Monitoring Group, Professor Peter Radford (United Kingdom) in a letter to the Secretariat dated 7 February 1997, expressed the opinion that information about China could be included in the Data Base "to help assess its suitability to become a party".

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     APPENDIX 2

People's Republic of China

Medals won at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta

Gold Silver Bronze
Aquatics (diving) 3 1 1
Swimming 1 3 2
Archery 1
Athletics * 1 2 1
Badminton 1 1 2
Football 1
Gymnastics 1 4 1
Judo 1 1
Rowing 1
Shooting 2 2 1
Softball 1
Table Tennis 4 3 1
Volleyball 1
Weightlifting 2 1 1
Wrestling 1
Totals 16 22 12

* All medals won by women.

These results put the People's Republic of China in fourth position in the unofficial medal table.



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