Olympic discus champion Robert Harting says he is ashamed of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach over the doping scandal
IOC president ‘part of doping system’ – Olympic discus champion Harting
SHOWS: KIENBAUM, GERMANY (JULY 26, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. OLYMPIC DISCUS CHAMPION ROBERT HARTING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
2. (SOUNDBITE) (German) OLYMPIC DISCUS CHAMPION, ROBERT HARTING, SAYING ABOUT INTERNATIONAL OLYMIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH:
“For me he is part of the doping system, not the anti-doping system. I cannot personally see it in any other way, because I am a strong anti-doping campaigner. Many officials have failed and they need to take a good hard look at themselves because at the end of the day they have failed in many ways. [JOURNALIST ASKING: Are you ashamed of Thomas Bach?] Yes, you could say that. I am ashamed of Thomas Bach. I am personally ashamed, the whole thing is a pity.”
3. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
STORY: Olympic discus champion Robert Harting on Tuesday (July 26) condemned International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach over the doping scandal.
“For me he is part of the doping system, not the anti-doping system,” the German athlete told reporters at the Olympic training base in Kienbaum, northern Germany.
Harting said that many officials had failed and needed to take a hard look at themselves.
“I am ashamed of Thomas Bach. I am personally ashamed, the whole thing is a pity,” he added.
The IOC decided on Sunday (July 24) not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes from the Rio Games due to the country’s doping history, allowing sports federations to decide on individual cases.
The ban had been requested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).