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International expert on drugs, doping and sport to address URI Honors Colloquium Sept. 27

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 19, 2005 – Whether it’s allegations that Lance Armstrong tested positive for a banned blood booster during the 1999 Tour de France or Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro being suspended for steroid use, drug abuse in sports continues to play prominently in media across the globe.

Such headlines and others are sure to be part of the Tuesday, Sept. 27 University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium lecture, “Performance Enhancing Drugs” by Richard Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, and chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Presented by the URI Honors Program, it will be held at 7 p.m. in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of the Chafee Social Science Center. Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of the series “Contemporary Sport: Healthy Pursuit or Obsession.”

“The Olympic Charter speaks of the promotion of ‘friendship, solidarity, and fair play,’” Pound says in his chairman’s message on the World Anti-Doping Agency website. “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is an independent foundation built upon these important values. It is one of the most recent and impressive examples of collaboration in international sport.”

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Pound said the level of solidarity constitutes today the greatest hope for eradicating the improper use of drugs in sport. Last year was crucial, not just for the agency, but also for the entire fight against doping in sport, as the World Anti-Doping Code was implemented by sports organizations prior to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

“The key to continued success in the fight against doping is for the collaboration between the sports movement and the public authorities to continue in force,” Pound says on the agency website. “With each playing an active and critical role, and each pledging its complete support to the Code, we are much closer to achieving our goal.”

As a swimmer representing Canada in the 1960 Rome Olympics, he won a gold and two silver medals. He is considered to be the finest Canadian swimmer of that period.

A lawyer and chartered accountant he is chancellor of McGill University, Canada's leading research-intensive university.

Pound is perhaps best known for his work within the world of the Olympics. Initially the secretary of the Canadian Olympic Association from 1968-1976, he was later elected president (1977-1982). In 1972, he was the deputy chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic delegation in Munich.

Since he joined the International Olympic Committee in 1978, Pound has served on the Executive Board from 1983 to 1991 and 1992 to 2000. He was chair of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games. His investigation of the Salt Lake City scandal led to the creation of a new ethics watchdog to monitor future interaction between bidding cities and IOC members.

Major sponsors of the colloquium are The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI Honors Program, URI President’s Office, Institute for International Sport, URI Office of the Provost, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI College of Business Administration and the URI Division of University Advancement.

Co-sponsors are the URI Department of Athletics, Multicultural Center, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs and Women’s Studies Program.

For more information, visit www.uri.edu/hc or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu.

The Honors Program at URI offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. The program features small classes, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with faculty mentors. All major national scholarship competitions are available to selected students.

Continuing URI students must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade-point average or receive permission from the Honors Director.

Open access to the Honors Program continues for qualified students throughout their undergraduate years. About 900 URI students participate in the Honors Program.