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Nick Butler: An IOC disciple or an independent actor? Ricci Bitti reflects on key Olympic issues

Nick Butler: An IOC disciple or an independent actor? Ricci Bitti reflects on key Olympic issues

The mixed zone outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session during August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was a hostile place. Journalists were barely bothering to hide their disgust at the IOC’s attempts to pin the blame for Russian drugs problems on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the meeting and sports officials were trying their best to evade lingering press corps as they headed towards lunch.