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Sunday 10, Nov 2013

  Bach Takes Charge As IOC President

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Bach takes charge as ioc president

Thomas Bach has taken over the reins from his predecessor, Jacques Rogge, at the IOC headquarters after being elected the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The recently-elected IOC chief spent his first day in meetings with Honorary President Rogge, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, and the IOC directors. Rogge remarked President Bach and he were elected as IOC members at the same Session in 1991 in Birmingham, Great Britain and Bach is an Olympic champion, a team builder, a sports leader and he knows he can rely on you. Rogge added he can tell all that you can also rely on him.

Bach said he had received a lot of advice – or instructions from his predecessor over the last few days and added one man alone or a group alone can never be successful and it always depends on the entire team – each and every person. Thomas Bach went on to remark this is why he is looking to the future with great confidence and he has a really great team in front of me. The IOC head said he wants all to continue to be a part of the team and to continue to contribute to build on the same successful path we have been on.

The appointment of Bach was applauded by the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) who said the recently-crowned IOC president has experience as an Olympian and Olympic champion in team fencing (1976 Montreal), as head of the German NOC, as a member of the IOC juridical commission and on the International Council of Arbitration for sport, and as a business leader who has understanding of marketing and was involved with television rights negotiations in Europe. The President of GNOC, Momodou Dibba, while commenting on the contribution of Bach to Gambian sports said the German Olympic Committee has organized series of training program for Gambian coaches and Administrators through the GNOC. Dibba added Bach during the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012 arranged through GNOC a link between Gambia and German Women Football for cooperation in the area of training Gambian women coaches. It was concluded by the GNOC chief that Bach will be helpful to Africa because he has always done some training for sports administrators in Africa. He added if you want to bring the Olympic Games to Africa, you definitely need to help people, train the administrators, bring competition, train the technicians, and prepare people to host the Games properly.

Thomas Bach won on the second ballot in election with 49 votes, with Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico winning 29 votes, followed by Ser Miang Ng of Singapore with 6, Denis Oswald of Switzerland with 5, and Sergey Bubka of Ukraine with 4. The first Olympic gold medalist to become IOC president, Bach, said he would be cutting all his other commitments, including the presidency of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce but added he would like to remain chairman of the supervisory board of the machine building company in Tauberbischofsheim.

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Thursday 11, Jul 2013

  Doping Is Still The Greatest Threat, Says Bubka

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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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Monday 01, Dec 2008

  IOC will implement retroactive dope screening for Beijing samples until 2016

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Beijing-2008-Summer-Olympics-SteroidsOne Times Online article labeled International Olympic president Jacques Rogge as a “deluded individual” when Rogge expressed his displeasure of Usain Bolt’s celebration of his victory at Beijing. Usain earned Rogge’s rebuke when the Jamaican sprinter failed to shake hands with his co-competitors after his impressive win at the 100 meters.

However, Rogge’s recent interview with the BBC’s Inside Sport, as related by AFP, portrayed a very pragmatic man. The IOC president said those who aspire for a 100 percent drug-free Olympics were out of touch with reality. He added cheating will always be part of human nature.

“I think one has to be realistic,” Rogge said.

“Drug-free sport in general is Utopia. It will be naive to believe that no-one will take drugs.

“There are about 400 million people practicing sport on this globe, there are not 400 million saints on earth.

“Cheating is embedded in human nature and doping is to sport what criminality is to society.

“You will always need cops and judges and prisons and jails and rules and regulations.”

IOC is planning to catch more users of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancers as it’s currently implementing re-testing of the samples taken at the Beijing Olympics. The IOC head “expects further positive doping cases to emerge from these” up to 2016 Games.

Rogge said all the samples they obtained from Beijing – more than 5,000 screenings, including nearly 1,000 blood samples – will be available for retroactive testing. The blood samples will be screened for new generation performance-enhancing drugs CERA and insulin. And if new testing techniques will emerge between now and 2016, the same samples will go through re-testing.

“We are keeping the samples for eight years and we are going to re-test them,” said Rogge.

“And ultimately the judgment on the Beijing Games will be given in eight years’ time, because each time a new scientific test is coming up we are going to re-test.”

Rogge assumed the IOC position on July 2001, replacing Juan Antonio Samaranch. Rogge has his share of criticisms and the most recent of these were his disapproval of Bolt’s behavior (mentioned above) and his statement regarding Greek athletes. He allegedly stated that “Greece won the gold medal in doping” because of a spate of failed dope tests of Greek athletes.

Wednesday 12, Nov 2008

  IOC president says Beijing doping cases are expected to increase

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olympic-oic-steroidsAs they say, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

This seems to be the case with the anti-doping testing at the 2008 Olympics. Although the international games have already commenced and concluded in August, there are still tests being carried out by the International Olympic Committee to determine who among the participants in Beijing had used the third generation blood booster known as CERA, or continuous erythropoiesis receptor activator.

IOC president Jacques Rogge himself confirmed that the number of doping cases in this year’s Olympics is expected to climb.

“There were 39 cases before the Olympics, while there were eight cases during the Olympics and seven cases are still in the pipeline, so there could be 15 cases in total,” Rogge told Austrian news agency APA.

“But we are going ahead very carefully. I expect results in four to six weeks.”

The IOC has been implementing strict anti-doping policy to deter athletes from using anabolic steroids and other prohibited compounds. Rogge, however, emphasizes a lifetime ban for first time offenders is too harsh.

“No court in the world would approve that. Any athlete would win a civil court,” he said.
“I think doping with anabolic steroids and EPO should be followed by a four-year ban.

“But first-time offenders can’t be banned for life. Criminals are also not shot the first time they are caught.”

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics more than 5000 urine samples have been taken, including more than 1,000 blood samples.

Testing for CERA is found to be more accurate when using blood samples.

The IOC had announced in October that they are going to retest blood samples taken from the participants in Beijing. The announcement came after the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) has developed a new method to effectively test for CERA. AFLD had also implemented retroactive testing for the 2008 Tour de France blood samples.