Bach calls on sports to step up fight against corruption and doping

Bach calls on sports to step up fight against corruption and doping
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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Tuesday urged sports federations to step up their fight against corruption and doping which have gravely harmed credibility of sports.

Bach did not name football's FIFA and the ruling athletics body IAAF who are engulfed in a corruption and doping crisis respectively, but said that "recent developments in some sports are particularly upsetting."

"We must do everything we can to protect these millions of clean athletes around the world," Bach said in an opinion piece titled "Renewing Trust in Sport" and published on the IOC website.

"For their sake and for the credibility of sports competition, they have to be protected from doping and corrupting influences. We also have to protect the credibility of sports competition from match-fixing and manipulation.

"Fighting corruption also means that good governance for sporting organisations is essential. The IOC has put the necessary measures in place since a long time ... We have called on and we expect all sports organisations to follow this route."

Bach has repeatedly urged FIFA to ensure reform over its corrption affairs which have led to criminal investigations in the United States and Switzerland, with so far around a dozen arrests and some 30 officials indicted.

"Enough is enough," Bach reiterated Saturday in his native Germany.

The athletics affair has seen Russia suspended from competition and in danger of missing out on the Rio 2016 Olympics over allegations of systematic doping in the country.

In addition former IAAF president Lamine Diack is under criminal investigation in France on suspicion of taking bribes to cover up positive doping tests. He has since been suspended as honorary IOC member.

Bach was speaking on the first anniversary Tuesday of the adoption of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform package which apart from efforts to make future Games cheaper and more sustainable includes a 20-million dollar fund to protect clean athletes and improved and internationally recognised governance standards.

The FIFA and IAAF crisis, coupled with an affair around Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup, were also seen as one reason why Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was rejected in a referendum on November 29.

Governance is also on the agenda of the IOC executive board which started three days of meetings on Tuesday at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

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