IOC president: "I don't have confidence in the this closest entourage of Valieva"

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IOC president: "I don't have confidence in the this closest entourage of Valieva"

IOC president Thomas Bach was quite angry about the attitude of Kamil Valieva's team. "I was very disturbed when I watched the competition on TV - when I afterward saw how she was received by her closest entourage with what appeared to be tremendous coolness - it was chilling to see this.

"Rather than giving her comfort, rather than trying to help her. You could feel this chilling atmosphere, this distance. If you were interpreting the body language, it got even worse. It was even dismissive." - Bach said, as quoted by skysports Kamila Valieva is under enormous stress and pressure, and many consider this a heavy blow for such a young person, which is quite logical.

"I was pondering about this last night," added Bach. "How can you really be so cold to your athletes? When I saw and read how Trusova was being treated, when I read about her comments, I'm afraid that the impression I had last night was not the wrong one.

"All of this does not give me much confidence in the this closest entourage of Kamila. Neither with regard to what happened in the past, nor as far as it concerns the future, how to deal with and treat a minor athlete at the age of 15, under such obvious stress."

Bach on punishment

Many hope, just like Bach, that someone will be guilty of doping and punished. This should not have happened, especially to such a young person There is a positive A sample and that sample has to be dealt with," added Bach.

"We are dealing with the rule of law, but at the same time we are dealing with a minor. This is a 15-year-old girl who has a drug in her body that should not have been there. The ones that administered it to her, these are the people that are guilty.

"An investigation into her entourage has to follow. I hope this will bring full clarity. The people who are responsible for this, they will be held to account in the right way, and when I say in the right way, I say in the strongest possible way."