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IOC contributes to doping fight

The IOC announced on Saturday it has provided over 12million to fund the fight against doping and match-fixing.

New president Thomas Bach revealed the figures following a four-day "brainstorming session'' with the IOC executive board in Montreux,

Switzerland.

Bach has moved quickly since he was elected in September to succeed Jacques Rogge and he revealed US dollars 10 million would be available to fund new research into anti-doping, with an emphasis on new techniques to detect prohibited substances and methods.

The IOC also "invited'' governments represented in the World Anti-Doping Agency to match that amount.

The other US dollars 10 million was an increase in support "to protect clean athletes from any manipulation or related corruption'' in reference to match-fixing and illegal betting.

The IOC will sign a memorandum of understanding early next year with the international police agency Interpol and set up a special monitoring program - the "Integrity Betting Intelligence System'' - to check for any irregularities at the Games.