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Athletes,bodies face Oly doping bans: IOC chief

 Agencies |  2016-05-19 00:29:43.0  |  Paris

IOC president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that athletes and federations face life bans from the Olympics as he warned that doping has hit “an unprecedented level of criminality”. The International Olympic Committee leader also heightened pressure on Russia to clear up allegations of interference in testing at its doping laboratory during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. With 31 athletes from 12 countries already facing a ban from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, Bach warned in a commentary in Le Monde newspaper of tough sanctions, including against individual federations. 

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