IOC changes anti-doping rules

IOC changes anti-doping rules

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a proposal on the formation of a new, more transparent and independent anti-doping system, the head of Committee Thomas Bach informed.

"We need a full review of the Wada anti-doping system. The message is quite clear - we want to keep the cheaters away from the Olympic Games. The IOC is calling for a more robust and efficient anti-doping system. This requires clear responsibilities, more transparency, more independence and better worldwide harmonisation," BBC quoted him as saying.

"The basic and difficult question we had to answer is - can you hold any athlete responsible for the wrongdoing of the government of his or her country? The basic principle of natural law is that any human being is entitled to individual justice and has to be presumed innocent."

"This of course also applies to athletes," Bach said. "However, in this case, the allegations weigh so heavily and they are so detailed that these principles could not be upheld in their entirety. Therefore, the IOC Executive Board had to reverse the presumption of innocence for Russian athletes and to make him or her bear the collective responsibility for the alleged failures of the government," the IOC president said, TASS reports.

"What concerned me in this particular debate was that some called for the blanket ban of the Russian Olympic team well before the findings of the McLaren report were known," the IOC president said. "Others did the same before the accused side had the opportunity to respond."

"This blanket ban of the Russian Olympic Committee has been called by someone ‘the nuclear option’," Bach said. "And the innocent athletes would have to be considered as collateral damage. Leaving aside that such a comparison is completely out of proportion when it comes to sport, let us just for a moment consider the consequences of a nuclear option - the result is death and devastation," he said.

"This is not what the Olympic movement stands for," according to Bach. "The cynical collateral damage approach is not what the Olympic Movement stands for. The Olympic Movement stands for life and the construction of better future. This mission of a better future for and through sport is what needs to guide us. And this mission of a better sport includes a more robust and efficient worldwide anti-doping system," he said. "We can only move to a better future through a discussion held in mutual respect," he added, TASS writes.

Former member of Russian national football team and 'Manchester United', Andrei Kanchelskis, said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza that the establishment of a clear and transparent anti-doping system, which will work independently and will be guided by sports principles, is the right solution. At the same time, he recalled that previously, national teams of many countries were caught using doping, but they were not banned from the competition so massively. "I believe there was a certain pressure, after all," he explained, adding that political factor played its role here.

However, ex-player of the national team stressed that first of all, a program of the new anti-doping system must be submitted. According to him, it is necessary to understand how this work will be done, how will they carry out doping control, which medications can be used and which not. "Only qualified people should work on this," he concluded.