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Tuesday 07, Nov 2017

  Olympic Movement Critics Accused Of Ignorance And Aggression

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Thomas Bach has criticized those who went against “spirit of the Olympic movement”. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President also insisted that no organization can be immune from wrongdoing irrespective of the level of governance.

Bach, speaking in a keynote address that lasted almost an hour at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly, spoke on a number of issues, including ongoing corruption and anti-doping investigations. Bach admitted that the International Olympic Committee does face challenges but accused the IOC critics of ignorance.

The IOC President told the 1,300 delegates that we live in a world of mistrust against the establishment and we are considered to be part of this establishment. Bach also remarked that we live in a world where people are more and more thinking in silos of their own opinion and also said that people are not ready for a dialogue anymore. The IOC chief said they in a world of silos become aggressive of people who do not share their opinions and went on to say that people start to think that because they are living in silos, that they are in possession of the sole and only truth.

Bach commented that we at present are living in a world where selfish interests appear to prevail and create more discrepancies in our world. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President also said we are now living in a world where they Olympic values of tolerance, respect, understanding and peace are more important than ever before. Bach said the IOC has the determination and the courage and the will to promote and defend these values.

The speech of Bach followed the arrest of Carlos Nuzman, a former IOC member and Rio 2016 President, for alleged involvement in a vote-buying scandal. Frankie Fredericks, the IOC member from Namibia, was absent from the IOC Session in Lima as he seeks to clear this name after being linked with the scandal. Fredericks appeared in Paris before a court to provide answers to questions about alleged payments linked to Rio 2016 that were received by his company.

In a corruption case, ANOC President and IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was identified by a United States Department of Justice document. The case is associated with Guam’s Richard Lai but the name of Al-Sabah was cleared of any wrongdoing by the ANOC General Assembly.

The IOC President said all of these cases are exceptions rather than the rule. Bach added the cases do not reflect badly on governance processes of the International Olympic Committee. Bach appeared most passionate when he criticized those who have “prematurely” called for a blanket ban on Russia from the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics. The President of IOC said the Olympic Movement considers it unacceptable that some sanctions are being demanded in the public domain.

The Schmid and Oswald Commissions of IOC are likely to complete their findings before decisions are made at an Executive Board meeting scheduled for December 5 to 7. Bach said we cannot expect others to defend us and accept us if we ourselves do not respect our Commissions and the way we are working.

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Saturday 08, Feb 2014

  Ban On Lance Armstrong May Be Reduced

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Ban on lance armstrong may be reduced

Brian Cookson, the Union Cycliste Internationale president, has remarked that the lifetime ban for doping imposed on Lance Armstrong may be reduced if the disgraced cyclist offers information that is useful in doping investigations.

In September, Cookson became the president of the world governing body of cycling (UCI) and he then established the Cycling Independent Reform Commission to examine the history of doping in professional cycling. The UCI President remarked that the terms of reference of the commission might include an agreement with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reduce sanctions on cyclists who come forward clean to cooperate with the inquiry. Cookson remarked there will be the possibility of a reduction in the case of Lance Armstrong if the cyclist offers information to assist any investigation but also remarked the world governing body of cycling does not have the power to make such a deal as Lance was sanctioned by USADA. Cookson said USADA has to agree to any reduction in his sanction based on the validity and strength of the information that he provided.

The Union Cycliste Internationale president added that he will not call Armstrong, who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Cookson added he would encourage everyone to tell all of the truth and added it will be better and less painful for everyone if people tell the truth and all the truth.

In another development, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s Travis Tygart kicked off the Triathlon Business International conference and said the Lance Armstrong doping scandal highlighted the win-at-all-costs culture that exists in almost every aspect of society. Tygart said it is this culture that not only permeates sports but that every other institution in this country and around the world is facing. He added cycling is not alone and doping exists in everything from inline roller skating to youth soccer, and at all age and sport levels. Tygart encouraged leaders in the sports world and race organizers to speak up and remarked the worst anyone can do is sit on information and not do anything.

Tygart added that the United States Anti-Doping Agency works to protect those who offer reliable information. He said the decision to move forward against a global icon and team that won seven Tours is a difficult decision and it would have been far easier if his duty to the sport is to raise revenues and have world titles remain intact but if that’s his duty as a sports leader, his duty to police himself is impossible. Tygart added that USADA became conscious of the depth and breadth of the doping culture in professional cycling after meetings with individuals to gather information in the Lance Armstrong doping case. He said the agency took quick action as it had evidence that athletes set to be on the U.S. Olympic cycling team were doping and remarked it would have been a shame if those athletes had gone to London and their doping came out and that would have tainted the entire U.S. Olympic team. The USADA CEO said that was one set of urgent facts and our other goal was to dismantle the system and we’re still heavily pursuing that goal.

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Thursday 21, Oct 2010

  Cycling doping inquiry surrounding Armstrong could broaden

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Cycling doping inquiry surrounding Armstrong could broadenFederal authorities are considering whether they can expand the investigation beyond traditional drug distribution to investigate allegations that Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists engaged in doping.

The authorities are striving to identify whether Armstrong, the managers and owners of his cycling teams in the past and his teammates entered into a conspiracy for defrauding their sponsors by doping in order to garner more money and prizes besides improving performance.

The federal agent Jeff Novitzky, who has been the lead investigator on the major doping investigations since the BALCO case began in 2002, is playing a direct role in the investigation.