Olympics - Bach urges Euro­pean govern­ments to help in anti-dop­ing fight

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach has called on Euro­pean govern­ments to help com­bat the “de­fi­cien­cies” in the global an­ti­dop­ing sys­tem. In a speech to the Coun­cil of Europe in Stras­bourg, Bach says “the co­op­er­a­tion between the govern­ments and the Olympic move­ment is vi­tal.” Bach says, over the past two years, “de­fi­cien­cies of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency ... have be­come ap­par­ent.” He adds that “it is en­cour­ag­ing to see” that that agency “is now start­ing to ad­dress those de­fi­cien­cies.” Bach spoke four days after Olympic lead­ers agreed to strengthen WADA's role and make the anti-dop­ing sys­tem more in­de­pen­dent from sports or­ga­ni­za­tions. Bach made no men­tion of the scan­dal over state­spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sia. He urged Euro­pean coun­tries to col­lab­o­rate with the IOC, say­ing: “We can only make progress by join­ing forces, work­ing to­gether.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.