Medical experts have expressed concern over the US Olympic Committee’s decision to remove the anti-doping policy from the Olympic Charter, which it was supposed to be used to implement, in a move that will likely result in an investigation into the USOC’s handling of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.USOC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Burdick, speaking at a news conference in Rio on Friday, said the IOC is committed to the Olympic charter.
He added that the USAC has not requested a special meeting to discuss the matter.
“The Olympic Charter has always been our goal,” Burdie said.
“The USOC has always had a role to play in ensuring that it’s adhered to.”
Burdick said the USACA is aware of the allegations against USOC officials, and has been informed that it is looking into the matter internally.
“We’ll be taking the appropriate steps to ensure that our policies and procedures are aligned with the Charter,” he said.
The USACA has already informed the IOC that it will be suspending its involvement in the Olympic process in 2017 and 2018, as part of a review of its compliance with the anti, anti-Doping and anti-money laundering laws.
Burdies statement did not specifically mention the specific USOC personnel involved in the USADT process, but he said the agency has had an ongoing discussion with the IOC and USAC on the matter and is confident that the IOC will be satisfied.
The IOC has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Burdie noted that the Olympic body has always considered the Olympic Games to be an opportunity to help people in need, and that it takes care of its athletes and athletes in other sports.
“I know that it has been discussed internally internally,” he told reporters.
“It’s a very sensitive matter.”
Burden said the decision to pull the anti-“doping” policy from Rio will not affect USOC participation in the Rio Olympics.
“In the end, the IOC doesn’t need to review its own procedures and protocols,” he added.
The American Olympic Committee (USOC) has been in talks with the Brazilian Ministry of Sport to discuss how to implement the anti–doping measures.
Burden said USOC is not seeking any specific payment from the IOC to implement its policy.
“We do not seek any payment from our sponsors or partners,” he continued.
“As far as the IOC goes, it’s the IOC’s decision.”
Bautista said the Olympics is the “highest form of competition in the world,” and the IOC should have a mandate from the world’s sporting community to ensure the integrity of the sport.
“All we need is a mandate, and the rules that govern the Olympics have been agreed upon by the Olympic Committee,” he explained.
“If it doesn’t have a clear mandate, then we need to discuss it.
If there’s an issue, we need all the help we can get.”