Doping Is Still The Greatest Threat, Says Bubka

Sergey Bubka, one of the six candidates bidding to replace outgoing International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, has remarked that doping is one of the most concerning issues faced by modern sports.

Olympic champion Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, considered by many as the greatest pole vaulter in history, while advocating his candidacy for the top position in world sport said a person with knowledge of the sport from the inside is needed and someone with a clear vision of the development of the Olympic Movement with energy and drive is the right choice. Bubka said this is required to carry the successful legacy left by Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge and to go ahead and continue to perform the function inherent in the Olympic Charter. He added that he possesses all these qualities and has therefore proposed his candidacy for the highest position in modern sport.

The presidential candidate said one of the most serious issues faced by sports today is doping that remains the greatest threat to sports and it’s still a key target for the IOC. He added the IOC does everything possible to reduce the number of cheaters, including creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Bubka added that the low level of physical activity among children is a disturbing trend of the modern society and we are facing the risk of losing an entire generation.

Bubka, currently serving as the president of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine and is an IOC member, went on to remark that we need to strengthen the role and position of the International Olympic Committee in cooperation with authorities, non-governmental organizations, media and commercial partners for delivering our ideas and popularize the movement. He also remarked that it is extremely important to attract the best representatives from different spheres so we can make the Olympic movement an integral part of life in society.

Sergey Bubka will face competition from Thomas Bach (Germany), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), Ser Milang Ng (Singapore), Denis Oswald (Switzerland), and Ching-Kuo Wu (Taiwan) for the IOC’s president. The president elections will take place on 10th of September during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The retired Ukrainian pole vaulter represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. He was one of the 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame in 2012. Bubka won ix consecutive IAAF World Championships, an Olympics gold and broke the world record for men’s pole vaulting 35 times and was the first to clear 6.0 meters and the only to clear 6.10 meters (20 ft), as of July 2012. He was able to broke the outdoor world record 17 times and the indoor world record 18 times and lost his outdoor world record only once in his illustrious career. Sergey Bubka holds the current outdoor world record of 6.14 meters and the current indoor world record of 6.15 meters. In 2001, he officially retired from pole vault with a ceremony at his Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk.

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