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Olympic bosses discuss doping, betting at high-level meeting

IOC President Thomas Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach

Senior Olympic representatives met in Lausanne in Switzerland on Sunday to discuss topics of concern to the Olympic Movement, including doping and illegal sports betting.

Headed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, the second Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting addressed the fight against doping, match-fixing and illegal betting, the sports calendar and autonomy and good governance in the Olympic Movement.

Participants endorsed the IOC Executive Board’s guidance paper on World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which was previously accepted by the Olympic Movement candidate for the WADA presidency, Craig Reedie. The participants reaffirmed their support for the candidate and the submission by the IOC, on behalf of the Olympic Movement, for the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code, which reinforces the Olympic Movement’s zero-tolerance policy.

The participants also asked the next WADA President to address several issues at the next Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting in 2014, and called on WADA to strengthen its role in research and as a service organisation. They also called for closer co-operation between International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and between NADOs and national governments.

With regard to the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting, participants agreed to increase their coordinated efforts, under the IOC’s leadership, in order to preserve the basic principles of the Olympic Movement and the integrity of sport.

It was agreed that the IOC would set up a special unit within the IOC to co-ordinate efforts in this regard. The unit will work on risk prevention and the dissemination of information, and will support the harmonisation of rules of the Olympic and Sports Movement. These rules will be based on examples from some of the IFs already working on this issue, such as FIFA, which has already applied severe sanctions.

The participants re-affirmed the IOC’s leadership role. With respect to the sports calendar, the participants agreed that any new initiative has to respect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games. It means that neither the Olympic Programme nor Games revenues should be adversely affected in any way.

The meeting also reaffirmed that autonomy is a prerequisite for the successful functioning of the international sports movement. Only autonomy allows the worldwide application of sporting rules. But at the same time, autonomy does not mean independence from the laws of a country. Sports development requires good cooperation with governments and public authorities.

Finally, the IOC President presented subjects including the sustainability of the Olympic Games through reconsidering the bidding procedure, reviewing the Olympic programme, and leaving a positive legacy; protecting the athletes’ health and integrity and caring about their lives after their sporting careers; and developing a strategy for bringing young people into sport.

The third Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting will be held in the first half of 2014.

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:

Thomas BACH, IOC President
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH, ANOC President
Joseph S. BLATTER, FIFA President
Claudia BOKEL, Chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission
John D. COATES, AC, IOC Vice-President
Lamine DIACK, IAAF President
Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL, IOC Vice-President
René FASEL, AIOWF President
Patrick HICKEY, IOC EB Member
Peng LIU, Chinese Olympic Committee President
Julio César MAGLIONE, FINA President
Lawrence PROBST III, United States Olympic Committee President
Craig REEDIE, IOC Vice-President
Francesco RICCI BITTI, ASOIF President (via video link)
Marius VIZER, SportAccord President
Ching-Kuo WU, IOC EB Member
Alexander ZHUKOV, Russian Olympic Committee President

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