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25 Nov 2015
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IOC President addresses African National Olympic Committees (ANOCA) General Assembly

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today called on the 54 African National Olympic Committees (NOCs) present at the ANOCA General Assembly in Mauritius to work to maintain the credibility of sports competition and of sports organisations.

“You cannot dissociate the two from each other,” he told the sports leaders. “I am not getting tired to repeat this message that we have to make every effort, in accordance with Olympic Agenda 2020, to safeguard the credibility of sports because only then can we enjoy credibility. Only then can the message we are sending with the Olympic Games, with the athletes, with our values, only then are they credible.” President Bach urged the NOCs present to “look into your own organisation, check what you have to do and where you may have make the changes that are necessary.”

He also called on the NOCs to take a leading role to protect the clean athletes and the credibility of sports competition. “I would really like to urge all of you to go the extra mile in your anti-doping programmes before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” he said. “You could win as many medals as you can only dream of, but if just one of these successes is tainted by a doping scandal, then all your medals and all your athletes are tainted by this one doping case. And this is what the clean athletes have not deserved. You have to protect the clean athletes in your Olympic team by making the fight against doping a top priority and to try to get the cheats before the Olympic Games in Rio to have them sanctioned, to have them exposed, to show that you're going after the cheats in order to protect your clean athletes,” he added.

He urged the NOCs to work with their governments to have their National Anti-Doping Associations and all regional agencies compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. The President also thanked his Mauritian hosts for their warm welcome and said that the country was “living the Olympic moto of unity in diversity.”

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