Bach Defends IOC Decisions On Russian Doping As Pound Feels Cold Wind Of Omertà

The Rings - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has defended the Movement’s record and decision-making on the Russian doping crisis, even though the banned Russian Olymlpic Committee that announced the nation’s “unofficial/neutral” team for the Winter Olympics has not been castigated for continuing to operate in Olympic circles and even though the list of those Russians who will be allowed to compete will not be confirmed until hours before the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday in Korea. Bach was speaking to the media the day after two IOC members — Dick Pound of Canada and Gerardo Werthein of Argentina — came to verbal blows at an IOC session.

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Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has defended the Movement’s record and decision-making on the Russian doping crisis, even though the banned Russian Olymlpic Committee that announced the nation’s “unofficial/neutral” team for the Winter Olympics has not been castigated for continuing to operate in Olympic circles and even though the list of those Russians who will be allowed to compete will not be confirmed until hours before the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday in Korea. Bach was speaking to the media the day after two IOC members — Dick Pound of Canada and Gerardo Werthein of Argentina — came to verbal blows at an IOC session.

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