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Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:00 AM
In this photo released by the Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan (right), greets members of the Chinese delegation to the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

IOC acts to protect Olympic athletes from games-time abuse

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):

The International Olympic Committee says a welfare officer will be assigned to the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro to coordinate any reports of harassment or abuse during the games next month.

The IOC says the Rio Games is the first where "a framework for safeguarding athletes" will be in place.

The village opens on Sunday until August 24, three days after the closing ceremony.

The IOC says incidents will be handled by "a confidential procedure linked to local law-enforcement agencies and relevant disciplinary channels".

Olympic team leaders and sports governing bodies also received IOC advice on running their programmes to protect athletes.

The IOC says its executive board approved the guidelines last month.

China vows zero tolerance on

doping for Olympic team

BEIJING (AP):

Seeking to dismiss lingering doubts, a top Chinese sports official says the country has committed to a zero-tolerance stance on doping ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Vice Director of the General Administration of Sports Gao Zhidian told the official Xinhua News Agency yesterday that Olympics-bound athletes and coaches are required to sign pledges not to cheat, saying violators would be severely punished.

Gao said athletes, coaches, and team doctors must also pass a written exam on banned substances with only those scoring 80 per cent or more permitted to go to Rio.

"China has been firmly against doping and has a zero-tolerance approach to this particular problem," said Gao, who is also deputy chef de mission of China's 711-member Olympic delegation. "We have made it very clear that we want to ensure fair play and the well-being of athletes."

China has sought to shake off a reputation for doping, particularly in distance running and swimming, that gave rise to multiple scandals in the 1990s.