(AA) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has pledged to do more to prevent game fixing and doping at the 13th SportAccord Convention started in Russian city of Sochi Sunday.
The SportAccord Convention gathers officials from Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations as well as actors of the international sports community as a whole.
“We are in cooperation with federations to preserve the athletes and sports’ purity. (…) In this field the governments have duties as well. We are in cooperation with them too. I am calling on the federations to raise awareness of the athletes and their entourage by holding seminars in this field,” he said at the Association of Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) general meeting.
Bach added that they were planning to set up a specific channel for the Olympic Games next year.
Many renowned figures in sports such as SportAccord President Marius Vizer, ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli attended the meeting and new federations joined ARISF have been determined and the budget of last year and this year have been discussed.
Other associations to attend the Convention include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) the, Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), and the Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord (AIMS) and more than 100 international sports federations and organizations’ officials.
The Anadolu Agency is the Convention’s official media partner for the second time.
SportAccord is the convention for Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organizers of international sporting events with a mission to unite and support its members in co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests.