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Sep 14

Mike Tancred to leave AOC post after becoming ‘casualty of election crossfire’

  • Long-time media director departs organisation after 18 years
  • Exit comes after being cleared of bullying by independent panel

The Australian Olympic Committee has announced its controversial media director, Mike Tancred, is leaving the organisation, as new details of the independent committee’s review into the most recent complaints made against him suggest he was a “casualty of the crossfire” between camps in the AOC presidential election campaign earlier this year.

Related: Matt Carroll: the man tasked with restructuring the Australian Olympic Committee | Bret Harris

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/14/mike-tancred-to-leave-australian-olympic-committee-post

Sep 13

Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes

• Central figure in scandal ‘bought expensive jewellery’ days after each vote
• Revelations come on day 2024 Games awarded to Paris and 2028 to LA

On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Related: ‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

Related: London 2012 team insist bid for right to host Olympics was clean

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/13/olympic-allegations-rio-tokyo-bid-teams-bought-votes

Sep 13

LA is about to discover that democracy and the Olympics don’t mix

A key point often lost in the criticism of the IOC’s tolerance of tyranny is that by hosting the Olympics, democracies become more authoritarian

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubberstamp the plan to hand Paris the 2024 Summer Games while Los Angeles will host in 2028. Given the lack of bids from democratic countries and the increasingly frequent torpedoing of bids by activists and referenda, Olympic boosters are surely thrilled to lock down Paris and LA, two cities in democracies with storied Olympic histories.

After all, the IOC has received negative attention – and rightfully so – for bestowing the Games on authoritarian regimes. Olympic honchos even handed Beijing its second Games – it will host the Winter Olympics in 2022 after staging the Summer Games in 2008 – despite the fact that China is a serial human-rights abuser. As Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The reality is that the Chinese government’s hosting of the Games has been a catalyst for abuses.” No matter to the IOC, despite its own charter’s celebration of human dignity and non-discrimination – apparently, the Games must go on.

Related: IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar | Marina Hyde

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/13/los-angeles-olympics-2028-policing

Sep 10

Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

Related: West Ham’s Olympic Stadium deal explained: from Water City to the London Stadium

Related: Charities seek return of £425m lotto cash borrowed for London Olympics

It is a national scandal that money these charities rely on is tied up in one of the richest football clubs in the world

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2017/sep/10/charities-still-waiting-lottery-millions-raided-west-ham-new-stadium

Sep 09

Matt Carroll: the man tasked with restructuring the Australian Olympic Committee | Bret Harris

At a time when the AOC is facing an organisational overhaul in the wake of bullying claims, the new CEO says he is well positioned to action change

It did not take long for Matt Carroll to face his first major challenge as the new chief-executive of the Australian Olympic Committee: last month an independent review found the AOC’s workplace culture to be dysfunctional amid claims of bullying, favouritism and open hostility.

Related: AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

It’s absolutely true to say that his association with me hurt his prospects

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Sep 09

Modern Toss – cartoon

The cities hosting the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games are announced on 13 September! Continue reading…

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Sep 08

‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

• Son of former IAAF president accused of taking payments for votes
• ‘My job was to help the IAAF identify countries to organise sporting events’

Papa Massata Diack has described accusations he was part of a large corruption racket involved in determining the location of the Olympic Games as “the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.

France’s financial prosecutor said this week that investigations had revealed a corruption scheme centred on Diack, the son of the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack.

Related: Cas upholds life bans for Papa Massata Diack and Valentin Balakhnichev

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Sep 06

London 2012 team insist bid for right to host Olympics was clean

• Sebastian Coe confident ‘nothing embarrassing’ will be found after Brazil raids
• Doubts grow over awarding of Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games

The London 2012 bid team have defended themselves against any suggestion of corruption, insisting they are “as close to certain as possible” the right to host the Olympics in the capital was won cleanly.

Related: Rio Games vote-winner questioned by police over ‘rigged bidding process’

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Sep 06

IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar | Marina Hyde

As the scandal over international corruption and vote buying for the 2016 Olympic Games escalates the International Olympic Committee’s myopic response has again left more than a little to be desired

As the Olympic flame was lit before beginning its journey to Rio last year, the IOC president Thomas Bach intoned: “The Olympic flame means hope to us all”. Mr Bach will likely be feeling hopeful now, with the news that the Rio home of Brazil’s Olympic committee chief has been raided, along with various other addresses, as part of a major investigation into international corruption and vote buying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Bach will be hopeful that this is just a cosmic misunderstanding, hopeful that the £155,000 cash the police reportedly relieved Carlos Nuzman of was just one of those classic things everyone keeps in their cupboard, hopeful that the usual horse will ride to the rescue. (Which is to say, hopeful that Fifa – the IOC’s Swiss neighbours, and fellow candidates for an international ASBO – will do something even worse to distract attention.)

Related: Rio Games vote-winner questioned by police over ‘rigged bidding process’

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Sep 05

Rio Games vote-winner questioned by police over ‘rigged bidding process’

• Lamine Diack suspected of taking bribes for votes
• Cash found in Carlos Nuzman’s closet during police raid

The man who brought the Olympics to Rio is being questioned by Brazilian police as the investigation into allegations of massive corruption within the International Olympic Committee intensified.

The equivalent of £155,000 in cash is said to have been seized after being found in a closet during a raid on Carlos Nuzman’s home as part of an investigation into claims the bidding process for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 was rigged.

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Sep 02

Colin Jackson: phenomenal athlete who came out at 50

His 110m hurdles world record stood for a decade but only Jackson knows why saying he was gay took so longColin Jackson has been in the public eye since his teenage years, when a phenomenal athletic prowess was first identified at Birchgrove Harriers, …

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Sep 01

Australian Olympic Committee’s Mike Tancred cleared of bullying complaints

Long-time AOC media director’s future remains uncertain, however, and lies in the hands of new chief executive Matt Carroll

An independent investigation has cleared the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, Mike Tancred, of four bullying complaints.

But Tancred, a close ally of the AOC president, John Coates, remains stood down from the organisation, and his future now rests with the new chief executive, Matt Carroll.

Related: Mike Tancred steps down from AOC position pending bullying investigation

Related: AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

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Aug 29

David Torrence, Olympic 5000m finalist, found dead at age of 31

  • Peruvian American’s body found in Arizona swimming pool
  • Scottsdale police are not treating death as suspicious

The Olympic 5,000m runner David Torrence has been found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 31.

Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago. Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious. “Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased,” said Sergeant Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale police department. “Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play.”

No one was more dedicated to their running than @David_Torrence. He got 100% out of himself every day. So so sad to hear of his passing.

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Aug 24

AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

  • Independent review into AOC’s workplace culture sparks pledge to ‘reset’
  • ‘Minimum expectations for a modern organisation’ not met, say staff

The Australian Olympic Committee has committed to implement wide-reaching organisational change after an independent review into workplace culture found it to be out of step with the ideals of the Olympic movement.

The Ethics Centre was commissioned to conduct the review, based on the experiences and perceptions of staff and stakeholders, after allegations of bullying within the AOC involving long-time media director Mike Tancred emerged earlier this year. The AOC is responsible for Australia’s performance at the winter and summer Olympics.

Related: Mike Tancred admits threatening former Australian Olympic chief Fiona De Jong

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Aug 16

Transitioning from elite sport to the ‘real world’ can take its toll on mental health | Simon Orchard

Nothing can replace the joy sport brings and establishing a new identity in a world without what had previously defined you is mentally taxing

It was the fictional fashionista, Derek Zoolander, who asked himself, “Who am I?” as he peered poignantly into a puddle that bore his own reflection in the 2001 cult classic Zoolander, only moments after losing the male model of the year award to his arch rival, Hansel.

In defeat, he lost his identity. If he wasn’t the best model on the planet anymore, then who the hell was he? The movie jests, but I have seriously asked myself the same question several times in the last 12 months during the “transition”.

Related: ‘Athletes die two times’: Australian stars reveal post-retirement struggles

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/transitioning-from-elite-sport-to-the-real-world-can-take-its-toll-on-mental-health

Aug 12

Pyeongchang 2018: growing North Korea fears dim hopes for Olympic unity

Next year’s Winter Games in South Korea were cast as a potential refuge from the specter of war – but in the current climate, can they still offer respite?

The Olympics have traditionally been cast as a respite from from politics, danger and strife, an opportunity for the world to come together in the spirit of peaceful competition and a reminder that what brings us together as a union of five continents is stronger than what deigns to pull us apart.

Those noble ideals have been at the fore throughout the build-up to next year’s Winter Games, which kick off six months from now in the sleepy resort town of Pyeongchang, South Korea, clustered in the Taebaek Mountains – a scant 50 miles from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that has divided the Korean peninsula for more than six decades. Even as the ever-present tensions between the countries escalated amid North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month and two nuclear bomb tests last year, Pyeongchang loomed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bridge the divide between the neighboring nations.

Related: Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea echoes loudly in void of US diplomacy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/12/pyeongchang-2018-olympics-north-korea-south-peace