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The Ministry of Culture is taking the lead in improving the judicial area concerning doping

7. March 2019 - 0:00
Dopinguvastase võitluse tõhustamise teemaline kohtumine Kultuuriministeeriumis 7.03.2017. Foto: Kultuuriministeerium
Dopinguvastase võitluse tõhustamise teemaline kohtumine Kultuuriministeeriumis 7.03.2017. Foto: Kultuuriministeerium

Today, on March 7 representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor General, Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC), Estonian Ski Association and the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EADA), met at the Ministry of Culture. The meeting was held to exchange information concerning the current state of affairs regarding the doping cases that have been made public, coordinate activities for further investigation of the cases and to discuss additional measures that improve the fight against doping in elite sport.

The meeting considered at length, the possibilities of the Estonian legislative framework being more effective in the fight against doping and the bottlenecks of the existing regulations.

“We reached a common understanding that it is necessary to agree upon what constitutes doping and that it must be something broader than the currently treated medicinal products. Our aim is to draw more attention than previously to propagating the values of clean sports and efficient preventive works. Secondly, there is a need to review the regulations concerning the preparation, brokerage and persuasion to use doping. An efficient battle against doping in elite sport requires foremost close cooperation between the state, the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency, international network and sports organisations“, confirmed the Ministry of Culture Undersecretary for Sport Tarvi Pürn.

It was agreed with the Ministry of Justice at the meeting, that in the upcoming months an evaluation of the existing regulations will be conducted, to reach the conclusion, what is the best solution for the Estonian judicial area.

Previously the state has been aware of the dangers related to doping and has taken necessary measures. The Ministry of Culture, within the last years, has increased manifold the activity support to the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency. In the year 2015, the support was 30 000 Euros and in the current year the support has increased to 187 000 Euros. Estonia has become aware of the need to make the fight against doping and the preventive measures more aggressive, thanks to the experiences of the Nordic countries. The Estonian Ministry of Culture last year made a suggestion to the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC), as the founder of the EADA, to reform the institution so that it would cover all sport ethics questions, foremost the fight against match fixing, which would also benefit the fight against doping. The need to increase investigative capacity, organise trainings and other preventive measures has already previously been confirmed, in order to avoid fraudulent dealings in elite sports.


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Tarvi Pürn

Undersecretary for Sport

+372 6 282 206

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