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IOC considers independent body for whistleblowers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 8:48 am •  Published: February 5, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The IOC will consider setting up an independent body that allows whistleblowers to report information on doping, match-fixing and sexual abuse without fear of reprisals.

Swiss member Denis Oswald made the proposal Wednesday during a debate on "protecting clean athletes," one of the key topics of the International Olympic Committee's three-day assembly on long-term strategy.

Oswald said athletes are often aware of wrongdoing and should have a place to pass on their information anonymously.

"Some federations have an early warning system, but they don't really work," he said. "There is a certain reticence to turn to one's own federation. They could have retaliatory measures taken against them."

"We should set up a neutral body that anyone can approach," Oswald said. "It's a kind of clearing house between the federations and the whistleblower. It would guarantee total anonymity and ensure that no retaliation is taken against those who come forward."

French member Jean-Claude Killy said the body could have an expanded role that also covers sexual and physical abuse.

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the proposals and said they would be discussed by a special working group that will submit recommendations later this year.

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