In this photo taken Saturday, June 7, 2014, a soccer player performs in front of Pope Francis during an audience granted to the members of the Italian Sport Centers in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, football-loving pope recorded a video message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday, June 12, 2014 opening match between Brazil and Croatia. In it, Francis said football teaches three lessons that can promote peace and solidarity around the world: the need to train and work hard to reach goals, the importance of fair play and teamwork, and the need to respect and honor opponents. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
UCI briefs IOC on anti-doping efforts in cycling
First Published Jun 12 2014 10:25 am • Last Updated Jun 12 2014 11:24 pm
Lausanne, Switzerland • IOC President Thomas Bach says he is impressed with the international cycling federation’s efforts to stamp out doping.
The IOC says UCI President Brian Cookson and other officials from cycling’s governing body met Bach in Lausanne on Wednesday and briefed him on measures "to protect the clean athletes and the integrity of the sport of cycling."
Cookson was elected UCI president last year, ousting Pat McQuaid. He assigned an independent panel to investigate the sport’s doping past and any collusion by the governing body.
Bach says the UCI’s efforts "to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping" were "indeed impressive."
Bach says they also discussed the UCI’s contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, his blueprint for the future of the Olympic movement.
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