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Monday 08, Sep 2014

  China Commits US$10 Million In Anti-Doping Research

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China Commits US$10 Million In Anti-Doping Research

China has become the first country to formally announce an investment of US$10 million in anti-doping research following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) pledge to its member nations for their contribution to a government equivalent fund.

The IOC President Thomas Bach in December 2013 announced that the organization would invest US $10 million to fund innovative athlete-centered anti-doping research, which would include new techniques for detecting prohibited substances and methods, and further called on governments to match the amount. WADA President Sir Craig Reedie since then has been encouraging world governments to pledge their own support to protect clean athletes by making commitments before 16 November to make contributions that will help raise the total research fund for the joint IOC / WADA initiative to US $20 million.

The Vice Premier of State Council for China, Ms. Liu Yandong, has become the first national government leader to commit support by contributing $1M to the cause. Sir Craig Reedie remarked WADA is hugely appreciative of the support shown from the Chinese government in contributing to this fund for innovative anti-doping research and added that this marks a significant step forward for the anti-doping community. The WADA President added the IOC’s initial commitment to the research, and the signal sent by the Chinese government, provides an excellent example of how sport and government can work together for the greater anti-doping good and, importantly, to help give athletes the level playing field they so deserve.

Sir Reedie also added following a very productive personal meeting on a wide range of anti-doping matters with the Vice Premier of China, Ms. Liu Yandong, he would like to offer my thanks to her government and also to Mr. Liu Peng, the Minister for Sport for China and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, for their strong demonstrations of support in the protection of the rights of clean athletes. China has led the way and set an example for other national governments to follow. The WADA chief added over the coming weeks, as the IOC’s 16 November deadline approaches, he will continue to engage governments and encourage them to follow China’s lead so that we can keep sport clean for all athletes.

IOC President, Thomas Bach said it is vital for the future of sport that we protect the clean athletes and that is why he so warmly welcomes this contribution by the Chinese government. Bach urged other governments to follow suit and match the ten million dollars the IOC has provided to improve anti-doping research and added without clean athletes there can be no credible competition, and without credible competition sport will also cease to be attractive to spectators and fans and would ultimately wither and die.

Vice Premier of China, Ms. Liu Yandong said she would like to thank WADA for its significant contribution to the development of anti-doping in China over the course of many years. Sport is an integral part of social development. Ms. Yandong added the Chinese government always attaches great importance to the development of sport and its instrumental role in society, and anti-doping plays a critical role in the healthy development of the Olympic Movement. She also remarked the Chinese government is continuously committed to the fight against doping in sport, and the promotion of clean sport and upholding a “zero tolerance” of doping.

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Thursday 10, Jul 2014

  UCI Efforts To Stamp Out Doping Applauded By IOC

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Anti-doping efforts initiated by UCI, the world governing body of cycling, have impressed the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

The IOC remarked Brian Cookson, the UCI president, and other UCI officials met Bach in Lausanne and briefed him on measures for protecting clean athletes and the integrity of the sport of cycling. Bach remarked the efforts of UCI to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping were indeed impressive.

Bach spoke positively of the progress being made by the UCI after having a meeting with the UCI President, UCI director-general Martin Gibbs, and IOC counterpart Christophe De Kepper in Lausanne. Bach remarked the UCI informed me of all the measures they are taking to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping and added these efforts are indeed impressive. The International Olympic Committee President added it was great to see all the stakeholders equally committed to the fight for clean athletes and remarked we also discussed the UCI’s contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, which will be looked at in even greater detail by Working Groups, and we are thankful for their input.

Cookson thanked Bach for a positive discussion covering a range of issues and said it was very useful to talk with him on the Olympic Agenda 2020 review and, in particular, discuss how cycling can play its role in those plans. Cookson also said among other things we believe cycling can be a big part of the IOC’s sustainability and legacy work by helping bid cities transform themselves into places where cycling is a preferred way of getting around, making those cities better places to exercise, live and work.

The election manifesto of Cookson comprised primarily of adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to doping in cycling to combat problems in the sport. After defeating Pat McQuaid to become the UCI President last September, Brian Cookson decided to establish an independent audit for looking into the approach of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The audit recommended “urgent” improvements to the anti-doping practices of the world governing body of cycling. It recommended that the possibilities for advance-testing should be eliminated and a Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee should be established.

The audit team added that risk assessment should be regularized and documented as per the International Standard for Testing and communication between the CADF and LADS relating to results management should be clarified and formalized. It also remarked that UCI and Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) rules and procedures should be altered to align them with the revised World Anti-Doping Code. CADF looks after anti-doping for the UCI.

The audit team included Anne Cappelen, director of systems and results management at Anti-Doping Norway and Marjorit Nurmi, quality manager at the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency. After this audit, Cookson remarked he was pleased that the audit found that the Biological Passport program is outstanding and that results management is excellent and had remarked that the UCI will now make the necessary changes to policies, structures, and procedures in order to further improve the program and ensure compliance with the 2015 WADA code.

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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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Wednesday 14, Aug 2013

  Doping Revelations Won’t Hurt My Chances, Says Bach

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Doping Revelations Won’t Hurt My Chances, Says Bach

IOC vice-president Thomas Bach believes the revelations of a government-backed doping program in West Germany in the 1970s will have no impact on his chances to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee.

Bach, who heads the national Olympic body of Germany, remarked he was personally behind the study that was published recently and disclosed a culture of doping among West German athletes for decades. The IOC presidential candidate said his IOC colleagues know that he himself initiated the study and they have known his zero-tolerance policy on doping since decades, especially as chairman of various disciplinary commissions and this is the reason why he doesn’t fear consequences for the election.

The President of Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, the German National Olympic Committee, also remarked that Wrestling, axed from the 2020 Olympic program by the IOC, has a good chance of coming back after making sweeping changes. Bach said he has the impression that the international federation (FILA) has understood very well the messages sent to them and said he personally believes that wrestling has good chances to come through the vote in September.

A gold medal fencer in the 1970s, Bach is the favorite among the six candidates to succeed Rogge in the September 10 election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and other contenders are Sergei Bubka of Ukraine, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Denis Oswald of Switzerland, Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, and C.K. Wu of Taiwan. Bach is hoping his credentials as an Olympic champion and IOC veteran would inspire confidence in his candidacy and said he is looking forward to the vote and as a sportsman he naturally wants to win the competition. The affable man has been an IOC member since 1991 and has the distinction of chairing the IOC juridical and anti-doping commissions besides negotiating broadcasting rights. He also recently headed Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Bach’s remarks came after former long jumper Heidi Schueller said in an interview that Thomas Bach must have known more than he’s acknowledging now. Heidi was the first female athlete to give the Olympic oath, at the 1972 Games in Munich.

Bach recently remarked that he and his fencing teammates had heard “bits and pieces” about doping but they had always been clean. He went on to remark that he had favored a “zero tolerance” policy against doping and lifetime bans for offenders, even as an athlete. Bach went on to add that an independent commission had been set up for evaluating the report and making recommendations.

Clemens Prokop, president of the German athletics federation, said we have to call a spade a spade and remarked that was the only way to remove West German athletes from blanket doping suspicion.

In another development, an anti-doping law was called for by Bavarian justice minister Beate Merk who said sports federations were unable to systematically clear up and punish doping. He added that we have to act, we have to uncover, not cover up and we need an anti-doping law worthy of its name.

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