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WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES ANTI-DOPING CAMPAIGN

The White House pledged $1 million in unprecedented federal help Tuesday to fight drugs in sports and urged the International Olympic Committee to award medals to athletes who were beaten by cheaters.

In a 10-page memo to the IOC, White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey called for establishment of an independent doping agency and universal adoption of uniform drug policies, including year-round tests to "ensure all Olympians are drug free."

"Our position is that the Olympics must adopt a comprehensive anti-drug program that applies 365 days of every year, to all Olympic athletes," McCaffrey wrote to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch.

He said measures must apply to both performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and drugs such as marijuana.

"We raise Olympic athletes up on international pedestals for all the world's children to look up to as role models -- it is vital that the message they send is drug free," McCaffrey said.

The proposal was submitted as part of planning for a worldwide drug summit called by the IOC for Feb. 2-4.

In other Olympic news: Salt Lake Olympic boosters paid thousands of dollars for scholarships for relatives of International Olympic Committee members, KTVX-TV reported, both before and after Salt Lake City won its bid in 1995 to host the 2002 Winter Games.

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