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SBD Global/November 22, 2013/Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach Vows Toughest Anti-Doping Program Ever

IOC President Thomas Bach said that anti-doping measures for the 2014 Sochi Olympics "will be the toughest of any Winter Games," according to Narae Kim of REUTERS. Bach, speaking to reporters in Seoul on a visit to check preparations for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, said that the IOC "would conduct more in- and out-of-competition tests for the Sochi Olympics than Vancouver 2010." Bach said that the "rapid increase" in the number of tests "underlined the IOC's commitment to stamping out doping." Bach: "This is the best evidence you can give for the commitment, because on the one hand, you have to express a zero tolerance policy but on the other, you also have to show this by facts. This is what we are doing, to increase testing programs not only by quantity but also by quality" (REUTERS, 11/21). In Seoul, Jung Min-ho reported Bach "spoke highly" of the preparation for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. During his first visit to Korea since he became IOC president, Bach, the 1976 Montreal fencing Gold Medalist, "was briefed by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee headquartered in Seoul." Bach: "We are very satisfied with progress made by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee. We want to congratulate you for what you have achieved so far. You are a great team" (KOREA TIMES, 11/21)
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