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    INTERNATIONAL ANTI-DOPING CONVENTION SHOULD NOT BE MERE WORDS - FETISOV

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    PARIS, JANUARY 23. /RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT ANDREI NIZAMUTDINOV/ -- The international anti-doping convention, now in preparation by UNESCO, should not be a mere declaration but a practical guide in the struggle against doping.

    Vyacheslav Fetisov, chairman of the Russian State Sport Committee, has said this in a RIA Novosti interview on Friday. He participated in an international meeting of experts, held in the UNESCO Paris headquarters, for elaborating guidelines of the convention.

    Its idea was, in the beginning, actively backed by over 100 states, Fetisov said. As it was taking shape, some began to say that its clauses were hard to dovetail with national legislations.

    Russia believes that the convention should be maximally close to the anti-doping practices, said Fetisov.

    He stressed that Russia has of late been "very active" in the struggle against the use of forbidden preparations by sportsmen. Russia is among the founders of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has got international accreditation. "We have taken the decision that not one Russian team or sportsman may go to international competitions without a preliminary doping control in our country", said the head of the Russian State Sport Committee.

    He also stressed that Russia is taking efforts towards revival of national sport medicine and return of top-skill specialists from their work abroad.

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