POSTED: August 6th 2013

IOC VP Bach focused on getting to the bottom of German doping allegations

IOC presidential candidate Thomas Bach now a man with a double mission / IOC
IOC presidential candidate Thomas Bach now a man with a double mission / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Following the revelations exposed in the German Federal Institute for Sport Science’s research report on doping in West German sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Thomas Bach is vowing to get to the bottom of what really went down. Bach as head of the German Olympic Committee and as a candidate for the top job in Olympic sports, realizes the importance of tackling head on the situation with just one month to go in his campaign.

The 800 page report entitled "Doping in Germany from 1950 to today" is said to uncover state-funded doping of Western German athletes with performance enhancing drugs including anabolic steroids and testosterone and that it was funded through taxes according to an article published in Süddeutsche Zeitung  last Saturday.

Doping in East German athletes has long been known however the report now reveals that it was going on parallel at the same time in West Germany.

It also shows one West German Interior Minister proclaiming "Our athletes should have the same conditions and services as the Eastern bloc athletes." German opposition politicians have now requested another inquest to get to the bottom of what kind of government-backed doping of West German athletes took place since the 1970s onward.

“This a good day for the fight against doping,” proclaimed the former gold medal Olympian. “We welcome the publication of the study which I have initiated with DOSB. We have appointed an independent commission with a former judge of the constitutional court, Udo Steiner, as chairperson.

“This commission will now evaluate the report and give recommendations with regard to the tasks as well as about the future improvements of the fight against doping.

“In its work this independent commission will benefit from reports in some other countries like France or Australia and from a broad public and scientific discussion. I am confident that we can reach our goals to have full knowledge about the past and to learn the lessons for the future.

“This will strengthen our zero tolerance policy against doping.”

It is Bach’s responsibility to get to the source and finally bring to light what went on for both German sport and his own credibility. Certainly the timing is curious that the report should come out after all these years when all six of the presidential candidates are busy wrapping up votes.

Bach and Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, CK Wu of Taiwan and Denis Oswald are all seeking the IOC Presidency.

Keywords · Doping · Thomas Bach · IOC · West Germany

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