Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has remarked that the IOC and the IAAF would work very closely to eradicate doping under Sebastian Coe’s impending Presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

During the joint IAAF/IOC press conference, Bach said Sebastian and he have came a long way together and actually this was started with the fight against doping in 1981 when as athlete representatives in the Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden we were asking for a lifelong ban for any infringement on the anti-doping rules. The IOC Chief said we have always been together in this fight and in this effort to protect the clean athletes.  Bach also remarked this is the reason why he is not just confident but absolutely sure that that the IAAF and the IOC will very work closely in a zero-tolerance policy against doping.

Thomas Bach also added that both Coe and he have sought lifetime bans for doping but also commented he had to learn from different courts and lawyers that this is legally just not possible. Bach said a lifetime ban does not stand any kind of challenge as it is a matter of human rights. It was also remarked by Bach that the IOC is in contact with the world governing body of athletics from the very beginning of the recent doping allegations and have had the opportunity of discussing the subject in different levels. The IOC President said we have also learned about the statement from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the WADA’s independent commission which he thinks is very clear. Bach also commented that none of the test results contained in the database could be used as a doping proof until 2009 before the Athlete Biological Passport was introduced. Bach said they can only serve as an indication for target testing and the world athletics’ governing body has explained to us in different ways that this is what they have done, following up with the target testing.

The President of the International Olympic Committee said the proposal of Coe to establish an independent anti-doping authority within World Athletics was very interesting. Bach said this proposal will be discussed at the Olympic Summit in Lausanne during October and remarked and we will have the opportunity to discuss the proposal among others because we always give thought to ways of improving the fight against doping in sport.

The IAAF has been at the centerstage of allegations in the recent past. Recently, the Sunday Times said the IAAF allegedly blocked a survey that revealed a third of top athletes admitting cheating. It was reported that the study that was carried out in 2011 and prevented its authors from speaking about it. TheUniversityofTubingeninGermany, which led the research, remarked the IAAF’s delaying publication for so long without good reason is a serious encroachment on the freedom of publication. The authors concluded 29-34 percent of the 1,800 competitors who competed at the world championships in Daegu,South Korea, four years ago confessed to using banned performance enhancing techniques in the previous 12 months.

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