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Bach says wait for WADA investigation into athletics

3 August 2015

IOC: The IOC President, Thomas Bach, says he has full confidence in the WADA investigation into widespread doping in track and field.

At the conclusion of the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Bach, said “WADA is the competent centre for the fight against doping”.

Asked if he knew if Olympic events were involved in the latest allegations Mr Bach said “if the Games are involved the IOC will act with zero tolerance. At this time we have nothing more than allegations and we have to protect the presumption of innocence and we are looking forward to receiving the report from WADA”.

“We have an on-going inquiry by WADA and we have to wait for the outcome. We have full confidence in the inquiry of WADA, we will do everything to protect the clean athletes but at the moment it is in the hands of WADA and we have full confidence in their procedure”.

Mr Bach flies out of KL today bound for the One Year to go celebrations in Rio where he said he would raise the water pollution at several venues with the authorities.

“Of course the water the pollution is a topic. They are doing the water tests and the authorities in Rio say the tests are meeting the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO). They have an assurance from the WHO that there is no significant risk to the athletes and we will continue to monitor this up until the Olympic competition next year.

Earlier the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, and IOC Vice President, John Coates said “I am disturbed by the latest allegations and I welcome the decision by WADA to include the allegations as part of its current investigation into athletics. The AOC has a zero tolerance approach to doping in sport”.

In other news from the Session, Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Lausanne, Switzerland, was elected to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2020.

South Sudan was recognised by the IOC and becomes the 206th member. South Sudan will now send four athletes to next year’s Rio Olympics.

And the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, has stood down as an IOC member. He has chosen not to seek re-election to the IOC for another eight years as his role as FIFA President comes to an end in February 2016.

MIKE TANCRED - in Kuala Lumpur

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