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DOHA, Qatar -- IOC President Thomas Bach defended his handling of the Russian doping scandal, attacked critics of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and claimed no cities would have bid for the 2024 Games without his Agenda 2020 reform program. Al MacInnis Jersey .In a speech to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees on Tuesday, Bach appeared determined to counter the negative public perception surrounding the Olympic movement following a turbulent year of doping crises, the troubled buildup to Rio and continuing concerns over the costs of hosting the games.Bach cited media headlines in the months ahead of the Rio Games about security, water quality, the Zika virus and allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia. Citing Donald Trumps victory in the U.S. presidential election last week, Bach said the Rio Games were a case study in the difference between published opinion and public opinion and between perception and reality.Bach said the Rio Games were a great success, citing record global television viewership and social media interest, though he made no mention of the empty seats and organizational glitches that also affected the event. Bach said the success of the games was a miracle in light of the severe recession and political turmoil that Brazil has been going through.He also went to great lengths to defend the International Olympic Committees decision not to impose a total ban on Russia from the games, saying he has received support from dozens of world leaders on the issue.The World Anti-Doping Agency had called for the complete ban following a report by investigator Richard McLaren that detailed systematic, state-assisted doping in Russia. The IOC instead allowed international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes could compete.Bach said he has met with many heads of state and government since the games and all backed the IOCs position.They appreciated and acknowledged we did not take a political decision but we took a decision that took in the interest of sport and respected justice for clean athletes and protecting the clean athletes worldwide, he said. To see this acknowledgement and this appreciation by so many political leaders was a confirmation of our decision and is a great encouragement for all of us.McLarens final report is due out next month and will focus on allegations of Russian doping and manipulation of samples at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Two IOC commissions are also looking into the allegations, which could lead to calls for sanctions on Russia for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Bach said once the investigations and hearings are completed, the IOC will take the necessary measures and all the sanctions because if only part of this would be true, it would be an unprecedented attack on the integrity on the Olympic Games and on the Olympic competitions.On a separate issue, Bach said no cities would have come forward as candidates to host the 2024 Summer Games had the IOC not passed his Olympic Agenda 2020 project, which aims to reduce the cost of hosting the games and insists on maximum use of existing and temporary facilities.Several cities pulled out of bidding for the 2022 Winter Games over financial and political concerns. Last month, Rome withdrew from the 2024 race because of opposition from the citys new mayor. That decision leaves Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, as candidates.Without `Olympic Agenda 2020, we would have had zero candidates, Bach said. There would have been none. All of the candidates who you will see now and the others who were in the race or considering in the race, they can confirm this to you. They told us this.Bach also said that high-ranking Olympic official Patrick Hickey, who was arrested during the Rio Games on ticket scalping charges, deserves the presumption of innocence pending the resolution of his case. Hickey, who is not permitted to leave Brazil, has temporarily stepped down as a member of the IOC executive board and president of the European Olympic Committees.Bach said Hickeys arrest shows Olympic officials are not immune and must obey the laws and rules in other countries.What was in the past something that just concerned us in an organization is now concerning the rules and the laws of a country, Bach said. 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Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne is ready to sit out the 2017 season to force a move to another team, according to VICE Sports.Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP and former Rookie of the Year, is a restricted free agent this offseason. The three-time All-Star indicated she would be willing to change teams on the Locked on Womens Basketball podcast.Some things will be moving forward for me, Delle Donne said on the podcast. Ive loved playing with my teammates. Theres a great group of young women there. And hopefully with [new Sky coach] Amber [Stocks] and a new system, itll be great for them. But for me, wherever I end up, Ill be ready to play basketball.The Sky did not immediately return requests for comment from ESPN.Delle Donne averaged 21.5 points per game last season as the Sky reached the WNBA semifinals, and former coach and general manager Pokey Chatman was fired after an 18-16 campaign.Stocks, a former assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, had little to say about Delle Donne during her introductory news conference, according to VICE.Sky owner Michael Alter also avoided sppeculation about a contract extension for Delle Donne, who has led Chicago in scoring since joining the team as the No. Adidas Matt Stajan Jersey. 2 pick in the 2013 draft.Free agency starts in January, and I think part of that process is -- this is with every player, not just Elena, whos a restricted free agent -- is a conversation about what our plans are, Alter told VICE, and finding out who is committed to what were doing and who will embrace what were doing and who wants to be here.The Sky can match any offer made by another team in free agency, but according to VICE, Delle Donne wont rule out missing the 2017 season should Chicago try to block a move with a qualifying offer. The Washington Mystics, who finished 13-21 last season, are a potential destination for Delle Donne, whose family lives in the area.I dont want to have to sit out, she told VICE. I want to play the game I love, the game I work so hard on. So hopefully that doesnt have to occur in my future. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '