Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt
Espresso der Extra-Klasse

Bundesliga-Tickets mit Garantie!

Hotelsuche in 

3RD LEAD Russia doping leads to heated debate at IOC; WADA defends itself By John Bagratuni, dpa

Von unserem dpa-Korrespondenten und Europe Online   auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach called Tuesday for a full overhaul of anti-doping measures in the wake of the Russia crisis as he defended the IOC from refraining what he named "the nuclear option."

Criticizing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) again for its timing of a latest report on Russia, which saw the IOC and sports federations scramble to check the eligibility of Russian athletes for the Rio de Janeiro Games starting Friday, the German boss of the IOC said that a full reform was needed.

He was joined in this call by many others among the 86 IOC members present at the 129th IOC Session in an at times heated debate.

WADA boss Craig Reedie acknowledged shortcomings but defended his organization‘s handling of the case, which rocked world sport.

By the end of the day peace appeared restored with Bach praising Reedie‘s report and denying the IOC was out to destroy WADA, while the remarkably composed Reedie spoke of difficult times for all involved.

"It is not often that sport is confronted with what has come out of Russia, it is really difficult to handle. It puts pressure on the IOC, athletes and WADA. It is a natural reaction in this disturbed era that you point fingers," Reedie said.

Bach said: "This is not about destroying structures but significantly improving a system," and about creating a "robust and efficient system."

Bach had a proposal accepted by an 85-1 vote that endorsed the IOC executive board decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes, though WADA investigator Richard McLaren had spoken of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sport on July 18, and the WADA foundation board had recommended a full ban.

The IOC boss defended the July 24 decision of the executive board to allow Russian athletes for Rio under strict criteria, instead of having none in Brazil.

"It was called by some the nuclear option, and clean athletes were the collateral damage. This comparison is completely out of proportion. The result is death and destruction, that is not what the Olympic Movement stands for. The Olympic movement stands for life and the construction of a better future," he said.

To improve matters, Bach said: "We need a full review of WADA‘s anti-doping system. ... We need and want WADA as the independent leader. We need through WADA the cooperation with the world governments. We want WADA to be more efficient."

Like Bach, Israel‘s IOC member Alex Gilady asked why WADA hadn‘t taken action when approached for the first time by whistleblowers a few years ago.

"It‘s not the reputation of the IOC but that of WADA that has to be restored," he said.

Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said the Russian case highlighted "the shortcomings of the current anti-doping system" and said WADA failed in its handling of the meldonium issue.

Zhukov spoke of "interference of politics in sport" after politicians in some countries had joined athletes, anti-doping agencies and western media in calling for a full ban.

Seemingly unmoved, Reedie later delivered his report to the session, insisting that WADA could have acted faster and better but also saying the organization needed more personnel and money to do better, and has only been able to investigate itself since 2015.

"We have started our own rethinking," Reedie said, a process that not only looks at the doping issues itself but also "reviewing WADA governance structures."

Reedie said there was acceptance of a problem in Russia and that "it is absolutely essential we cannot have the biggest country in the world non-compliant on a permanent basis. Let‘s see if we can get back to a little more normality."

Some IOC members criticized the exclusion of Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova as a wrong signal.

"Unfortunately the decision to exclude Stepanova does harm the fight against doping," said Britain‘s Adam Pengilly, the only IOC member who voted against the endorsement of the executive board decisions.



Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
* Pflichtangaben
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)

Weitere Artikel zu diesem Thema
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Canadian International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound on Tuesday called for a extraordinary IOC Session on doping as IOC president Thomas Bach seeks a full overhaul of anti-doping measures in the wake of the Russia
IOC members hold their 129th Session ahead of the opening of the Rio de Janeiro Games, electing new members and new sports for the 2020 Games - all against the backdrop of the Russia doping case which is not officially on the agenda but may be
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Tuesday called for a full overhaul of anti-doping measures in the wake of the Russia crisis.Criticising the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) again for its timing of
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday dismissed criticism from Olympics head Thomas Bach on their handling of doping practices in Russia ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.WADA said in a statement it was not possible
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Switzerland‘s Stan Wawrinka announced Tuesday that he will miss the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro because of back problems, further decimating the Swiss team that already has to make do without Roger
Rome (dpa) - Viktoria Orsi Toth, an Italian female beach volley player due to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been suspended for doping, Italian sports authorities said Tuesday.Orsi Toth tested positive for steroids on July 19 and was
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Norway‘s Marit Bjoergen wins the 30-kilometres cross country ski race to become the best decorated Winter Olympian of a all time with eight gold, four silver and three bronze.
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - China highlighted that construction for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is in full swing while trying to defuse questions on the sensitive issue of artificial snow-making at the ski venues.Organizing committee BOCOG
Berlin (dpa) - Figure skating events at the Pyeongchang Olympics, with day and time (in GMT), 2014 champions and athletes to watch.Monday, February 12, 0100: team event (Russia) Thursday, February 15, 0130: pairs (Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov,
Seoul (dpa) - An overview of venues to be used to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2018.Pyeongchang Mountain ClusterLocated around 180 kilometres east of Seoul in the Gangwon province. Here there is the 35,000-capacity Olympic stadium for the
Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany will be unable to host an Olympic Games inside the next decade but the subject will not remain closed, a leading official has said."The overall topic of a potential bid has rather a mid- or long-term character," German
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - The International Olympic Committee advanced plans on Thursday to set up an independent anti-doping testing system following the drugs scandal in Russian sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is also set to
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
Berlin (dpa) - Germany‘s newly-minted Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, has stressed the virtues of open markets and expressed confidence that Europe and the United States can reach a compromise on trade in his first major interview since
London (dpa) - Britain‘s Foreign Office said it is considering a request from Russia to see Yulia Skripal, whose condition has improved after she was poisoned in the city of Salisbury in early March.Skripal is the daughter of former Russian
London (dpa) - Britain‘s Foreign Office said it is considering a request from Russia to see Yulia Skripal, whose condition has improved after she was poisoned in the city of Salisbury in early March.Skripal is the daughter of former Russian
Berlin (dpa) - An ongoing dispute within Germany‘s coalition over the role of Islam in the country re-emerged on Saturday, as party officials gave conflicting messages in interviews published by German media.Just ahead of Easter celebrations
Madrid (dpa) - Former president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont on Saturday struck a defiant tone in his first public message since being taken into Germany custody last Sunday. "Let it be clear to all: I will not give up, I will not resign, I will
Seoul (dpa) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its role in helping bring about a "dramatic thawing season" on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea‘s state media reported on Saturday.North


(17.07.2018 04:18)

18 / 26 °C

17 / 26 °C
17 / 25 °C
powered by
Stock News


Agenda - The Week Ahea ...
Agenda - The Week Ahea ...

Afghan Farah Governor ...
Ministry Warns Cinema ...

5TH LEAD Palestinians ...
German Economy Ministe ...

URGENT: Norway's Bjoe ...
China highlights Beiji ...





© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, | Impressum