DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Governments must help the sports world crack down on doping, cheating and illegal betting, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said on Tuesday.
Rogge said the Olympic movement is in strong shape, but there is no room for "complacency" against performance-enhancing drugs, as well as judging and refereeing scandals.
He also warned of "increased risks caused by illegal and irregular betting."
"Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC," Rogge said. "The IOC is convinced that, in all these areas, cooperation with governments is essential to ensure that our athletes can compete in fair and upright sports events."
Rogge spoke at the ceremonial opening of the IOC's 123rd session in Durban.
Among the high-profile attendees were the newly married royals from Monaco, IOC member Prince Albert II and former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.
On Wednesday, the IOC will vote on the host city for the 2018 Winter Games. The three candidates are Annecy, France; Munich; and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results," Rogge said.
Rogge praised South Africa for its place in the sports world. A year ago, the country hosted the first World Cup in Africa.
"South Africa has demonstrated the power of sport in many ways, so it is altogether fitting that the new South Africa has earned an influential role in the Olympic movement in a very short period of time," he said.
South Africa was banned for nearly 30 years because of the former government's apartheid policies and returned to the Olympics at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
"Your Olympians have competed with honor and distinction, and you have contributed to our movement in other important ways," Rogge said. "The 2010 FIFA World Cup was a global showcase for the new South Africa and a significant milestone for the entire continent."
Rogge steered away any mention of a possible South African bid for the Olympics.
Durban had looked like a candidate for the 2020 Olympics, but the government said in May that it was not the right time for a bid, citing pressing social and economic needs. But South Africa Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said since that a 2020 bid could still be revived before the Sept. 1 deadline.