The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement and organizes the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, held in summer and winter, every four years.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The current IOC President is the German Thomas Bach, who was elected for an eight-year term on 10 September 2013. This is a page containing DW's recent content on the IOC and Thomas Bach.
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the Winter Olympics. Tuesday’s decision followed an extensive investigation indicating that Russia’s anti-doping system had been systematically manipulated. However the IOC said clean Russian athletes would be allowed at to compete at the Games under an Olympic flag. Moscow correspondent Emily Sherwin explains what the decision entails.
A spokesman for the Kremlin has said that Russia will continue to defend its athletes against doping allegations. The statement came as the IOC board was meeting to discuss a possible Olympic ban on Russian athletes.
The International Olympic Committee has banned 22 Russians for life for doping, with three bobsledders the latest to be sanctioned on Wednesday. But a German lawyer defending one doper says all is not what it seems.
Russia's Vladimir Putin said there were "major suspicions" that the US is trying to sway the presidential vote in his country by allegations of doping against Russia. Several Russian athletes lost their Sochi medals.