“IOC’s choice of Olympic Hosts is Unacceptable”

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“You could just demand a good, clear code-compliant program before you award the games. Otherwise, you don’t do it,” says Herman Ram, director of the Dutch anti-doping authority. Photo: Arnela Muminovic

When Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2016 will be hosting the Olympic Games, it is a result of bad judgement of IOC.

That is the message from Herman Ram, director of the Dutch anti-doping authority. Along with Russia, who will host the Olympic Winter Games shortly, Brazil is one of the main concerns, Ram says.

“I think it is unacceptable that the IOC has decided to choose those countries who at that point in time already were completely non-compliant and had actually plans, but they were only there on paper,” Herman Ram says.

No games without better anti-doping effort

All though other smaller countries may have bigger problems in the fight against doping, the Dutch director sees the biggest threats in Brazil and Russia.

Herman Ram puts the label “disaster” on Brazil’s fight against doping. He also blames IOC for not putting more pressure on the countries on the anti-doping question.

“You could just demand a good, clear code-compliant program before you award the games. Otherwise, you don’t do it,” Herman Ram says.

This is not a money issue

He further argues that it isn’t that costly to improve the anti-doping effort. He estimates that 10 percent of the budget for the 2016 games in Brazil would bring the effort to a more satisfying level.

“In the end, this is not a money issue. IOC could choose the financially most feasible candidate, and at the same time tackle the anti-doping issues,” Hermad Ram says and adds: “If they wanted.”

Rio de Janeiro won the final round of voting with 66 votes against Madrid’s 32.

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