LAUSANNE: The International Olym;pic Committee has reported what it claims to be “a new incident in the Russian disinformation and defamation campaign against the IOC and its president [Thomas Bach].”

An IOC statement explained:

Fake calls purporting to be from the African Union Commission appear to have been made by the very same group that has already attacked a number of global political leaders and other high-ranking personalities in the same way.

During the calls, a person pretending to be the Chair of the African Union Commission wanted to have arguments in particular from the IOC against the politicisation of sport by the Russian government, in order to prepare a statement against such politicisation.

The IOC already revealed this disinformation and defamation campaign for the first time in November 2023.