IOC has clear message on doping – Bach

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a clear policy to protect clean athletes and punish those who dope, Thomas Bach, President of the IOC has said.

In comments following the provisional suspension of the Russian athletics federation, Bach said Russia could overcome its doping crisis “but not undamaged.”

The IOC will not hesitate “to impose extensive sanctions against those concerned – especially exclusion from future Olympic Games,” he said from the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In reference to Russia’s current doping issues, Bach said: “The policy of the IOC is completely clear: punishment of those who dope and their backers, protection for athletes who are clean. And that should apply worldwide to everybody.”

The international athletics federation IAAF council Friday provisionally suspended the Russian federation for an indefinite period, which could include the August 5-21 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. GNA

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