The Olympic chief urges focus on cheating the entourage of athletes
KATOWICE (Poland): Olympic chief Thomas Bach On Tuesday, he urged governments to do more to help drain the anti-doping swamp by following the retinue of an unfaithful athlete.
The athlete is not the only one to blame, said the president of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) said to World Anti-Doping Agency ( LOVE ) conference in Katowice.
The athlete is supported and sometimes even driven or forced to dopate by a secret network that can include coaches, agents, distributors, managers, government or sports organization officials, doctors, physiotherapists or others, he said.
But while sports organizations can punish competitors who test positive, they are powerless to identify and sanction the athletes' environment in a deterrent way.
As an example he said if the IOC identified a doctor guilty of doping it will banish him from the Games.
But after the doctor returns home, in most cases he can continue his nefarious business without any consequences.
"This is not acceptable. This is the wrong signal. This needs to be changed," he told LOVE delegates on the opening day of their fifth world conference.
This is where we need the full support of government authorities. They have the authority and the necessary tools to take action.
Bach cited state doping in Russia, the Aderlass Blood Doping Operation and the Nike Oregon Project, scandalous about the scandal, and all stressed the urgent need to focus much more on the athletes' environment.
By holding everyone involved in a doping case accountable, we can take a great step forward to strengthen the justice and credibility of protecting clean athletes and drain the doping swamp.