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Jun 07

LA Olympics bid leader appears to concede 2024 Games to Paris

  • Casey Wasserman appears to switch focus to hosting 2028 Games
  • LA 2024 spokesman later denies that Games have been conceded

Los Angeles has apparently given up its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a move that effectively means Paris will host the Games in seven years. LA is then expected to be the host city in 2028.

“To be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024,” LA’s bid leader, Casey Wasserman, writes. “Even when the issue of a dual award for the 2024 and 2028 Games was initially raised, we didn’t say it’s ‘LA first’ or it’s ‘now or never’ for LA: that sounds like an ultimatum.

Related: Olympic bidders face harsh reality of costs heavily outweighing benefits | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/los-angeles-paris-summer-olympics-2024-2028

Jun 02

Tokyo Olympics: IOC expected to add 3-on-3 basketball to official program

  • 3-on-3 basketball expected to be added to Olympic program in 2020
  • Full list of medal events for Tokyo Games will be finalized next week

A full list of 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal events will be finalized by the IOC executive board next week, one month ahead of schedule.

Among more than 60 proposals, 3-on-3 basketball is an expected favorite after all were analyzed by an International Olympic Committee advisory panel.

Related: Ice Cube bets big on nostalgia with new professional 3-on-3 basketball league

Related: Vote Paris and keep the Olympics out of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers | Richard Williams

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/tokyo-olympics-ioc-expected-to-add-3-on-3-basketball-to-official-program

May 23

A public lottery in Australia could be a good thing – and deliver more than Olympic gold | Martin Farrer

In a country with a gambling problem, any lottery will be controversial. But the UK’s example shows how much public good can come from such a scheme

It’s August 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics have just finished. Once again, the USA and Team GB top the medal table. But the real story is the collapse of the once-great Australian team who only have one shooting gold to show for their efforts. Humiliated, they board the plane back home where a festival of national self-flagellation awaits.

A bit over the top? Maybe, but this was the reality for Great Britain’s team back in 1996 when they took home only one gold (in rowing), prompting a decision to use the proceeds of the newly begun national lottery to fund elite sport.

Related: Sports lottery will fund new national sports plan, says Greg Hunt

Related: The arts boost our culture and our economy. It’s time to stop the cuts | Anthony Albanese

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/24/national-lottery-australia-more-than-olympic-gold

May 19

Vote Paris and keep the Olympics out of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers | Richard Williams

The IOC has the choice of Paris or Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games and both have relatively sensible proposals

With the contest for the right to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games down to the last two contestants and nearing a final verdict, there may be several good reasons for giving Paris the right to stage the 2024 Olympics while postponing the return of the Games to Los Angeles until four years later. The most compelling of them must surely be that such a decision would put the Olympics out of the reach of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers.

The two-term limit of the recently inaugurated US president will end in 2025 – unless, that is, Trump decides to follow the example of Julius Caesar and declare himself dictator perpetuo. He might even emulate Caligula by pronouncing himself divine before presiding over the Games on a golden throne. And then why not go all the way? In the Olympics of 67AD, Nero awarded himself an entry in the 10-horse chariot race. Having persuaded the organisers to insert the event into the schedule, Trump could then invent a local rule forcing all competitors who are not heads of state of the host nation to blindfold their horses.

Related: They smashed my face and demolished my home – all for the Rio Olympics | Maria da Penha Macena

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/19/paris-los-angeles-olympic-games-2024-donald-trump

May 18

They smashed my face and demolished my home – all for the Rio Olympics | Maria da Penha Macena

When Maria da Penha Macena defended her home from developers before the Rio Olympics, she was left battered and bloodied. She believes her community was betrayed and the host city cheated

All that remains of our old community is one house, a Catholic church, and a handful of trees that we fought to protect. The rest has been completely demolished. The area where most of our homes once stood is now a large concrete car park that is usually empty and insufferably hot. It is sad. There used to be 650 families here. Today, there are 20.

Keeping even those was a hard-fought battle. We made history. We set an example as the first families to resist the Olympics. Though there are not many of us and our old homes were demolished and replaced, it was a big victory. We overcame powerful interests to defend our right to remain in our neighbourhood.

Related: Change beckons for Vila Autódromo, the favela that got in the Rio Olympics’ way

Related: View from the favelas: A legacy of corruption, neglect and repression | Daiene Mendes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/18/smashed-my-face-demolished-my-home-rio-olympic-games-maria-da-penha-macena

May 07

Steven Holcomb: shock death of bobsled legend who made US a force

Sudden loss at age 37 of three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion stuns US Olympic community

America’s best bobsled pilot, Steven Holcomb, was a self-described computer geek who would rub elbows with Hollywood stars. He was never exactly in the best of shape, yet was a world-class athlete. He attempted suicide years ago, then revealed his story with hopes of helping others. He was a man who nearly went blind, then became an Olympic gold medalist.

His life was the epitome of a bobsled race, filled with twists and turns.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: veterans could grab record medal haul for USA

So unbelievably sad to lose such a big part of sliding family today. @StevenHolcomb you will be loved, missed & remembered forever. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KG7GLPopBu

Related: Speed Kings: the 1932 Winter Olympics and the fastest men on earth | Andy Bull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/07/steven-holcomb-shock-death-of-bobsled-legend-who-made-us-a-force

May 06

Australian Olympic Commitee: John Coates defeats Danni Roche to stay on as president

Australian Olympic Committee president defeats Danni Roche by a big margin, but could still be under pressure to change the way things are run

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, who been re-elected for another term, concedes the AOC’s brand has been damaged by the bitterness of the election campaign but is confident it can be fixed.

Coates survived a challenge from newcomer Danni Roche and ending a bruising six-week election campaign.

Related: Danni Roche says there is ‘momentum’ to remove John Coates from AOC presidency

Related: Athletes’ commission back Coates’ AOC re-election bid ‘with conditions’

Related: The Australian Olympic committee is voting for a new president: here’s what you need to know

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/06/john-coates-wins-another-term-as-australian-olympic-commitee-president

May 06

John Coates re-elected as Australian Olympic commitee president – video

Australian Olympic commitee president John Coates has been re-elected for another term, surviving a challenge from newcomer Danni Roche and ending a bruising six-week election campaign. Coates has thanked delegates for the ‘confidence you’ve shown in me’. He has been AOC president for the past 27 years and Roche was the first challenger for the position

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2017/may/06/john-coates-re-elected-as-australian-olympic-commitee-president-video

May 05

Shooting gold medallist Michael Diamond loses gun licence on firearms charges

  • Diamond was convicted of gun and ammunition storage
  • He is a two-time gold medallist and six-time Australian Olympian

Shooting Australia are standing by Michael Diamond despite the dual Olympic champion’s gun licence being revoked for 10 years over firearms charges. The 44-year-old Diamond was convicted in a NSW court on Thursday of charges relating to driving under the influence, and gun and ammunition storage.

The charges, which led to his non-selection for Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics, stemmed from a fight with his brother near Newcastle last May. Diamond’s conviction carries a mandatory 10-year ban on firearms.

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/may/05/shooting-gold-medallist-michael-diamond-loses-gun-licence-on-firearms-charges

May 05

Athletes’ commission back Coates’ AOC re-election bid ‘with conditions’

  • Athletes say Roche’s campaign ‘hit a nerve’ and there is a ‘desire for change’
  • Mark Stockwell blasts Coates and rival John Wylie as ‘as bad as each other’

The Australian Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission says it will vote for John Coates in Saturday’s election if he agrees to review the president’s salary – he currently gets $715,000 a year.

The 11-person athletes’ commission released a statement saying: “In a non-unanimous majority decision, the commission voted to support the re-election of John Coates.”

Related: The Australian Olympic committee is voting for a new president: here’s what you need to know

Related: John Coates hangs AOC presidential hat on financial record as election looms

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/05/athletes-commission-split-but-back-coates-with-conditions

May 04

The Australian Olympic committee is voting for a new president: here’s what you need to know

The current AOC president, John Coates, faces tough competition from a former Hockeyroo star, Danni Roche, to head Australia’s Olympic movement

On Saturday, Australia’s Olympic movement faces one of its most defining moments. Dozens of Australia’s sporting bodies will vote in a secret ballot to finally end the internal power strugglewithin the Australian Olympic committee. Riding the momentum for change is a former Hockeyroo star, Danni Roche, who is challenging the 27-year grip on the presidency held by John Coates. The ballot has split the loyalties of sporting bodies, energised arch-enemies, and exposed allegations of a toxic workplace culture at the AOC.

We’ve put together an explainer ahead of the vote, in case you’ve missed the twists and turns of the six-week presidential campaign.

Related: John Coates denies AOC bullying and claims vindictive campaign against him

Related: John Coates hangs AOC presidential hat on financial record as election looms

Related: AOC’s annual report details $40,000 pay rise for John Coates

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/05/the-australian-olympic-committee-is-voting-for-a-new-president-heres-what-you-need-to-know

May 03

John Coates hangs AOC presidential hat on financial record as election looms

  • Coates suggests Australia is well placed to host another Olympics
  • Incumbent president will be challenged by Danni Roche on Saturday

John Coates says the Australian Olympic Committee’s strong financial position under his presidency could put the country in the frame to host another Games.

As accusations of bullying at the AOC raise questions over his leadership, Coates has spruiked his efforts to establish Australia as a major Olympic political and financial player during his 27-year leadership.

Related: Australia’s Olympics-sized brawl: a tale of prestige, power and big money

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/03/john-coates-hangs-aoc-presidential-hat-on-financial-record-as-election-looms

Apr 29

Australia’s Olympics-sized brawl: a tale of prestige, power and big money

After 27 years in charge of the AOC, John Coates faces a leadership challenge which lays bare a struggle for control over the movement’s future direction

When comedian John Clarke died this month, the most frequent tribute clips came from his ABC television series The Games. In the lead-up to Sydney’s 2000 Olympics, Clarke parodied the organisers with vicious precision. It worked because the likes of John Coates and Kevan Gosper were so readily mocked, with their propensity to public gaffes and the often amateurish appearance of their organisations. For Olympics previous, Australian authorities seemingly only had to arrange a stack of bad tracksuits and clip-on koalas. Now they were building the biggest show on earth. It felt like asking Rooty Hill RSL to run the Opera House.

Skip to the present day, and the scenes could have fuelled Clarke for another season. At the centre remains Coates, as he has since 1990, but a vote for the Australian Olympic Committee presidency this Wednesday could see challenger Danielle Roche bring him down. The contest has become intense. At first it brings to mind that Henry Kissinger misattribution about the bitterness of fights for no real power: congratulations, you’re the lord of slalom canoe events in all the land. But at stake is prestige, authority and very real money.

Related: Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after allegations of threats

Related: The Joy of Six: great Australian athletes who missed out on Olympic gold

Related: AOC’s annual report details $40,000 pay rise for John Coates

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/30/australias-olympics-sized-brawl-a-tale-of-prestige-power-and-big-money

Apr 27

John Coates says sorry for ‘sheltered workshop’ remarks in AOC email

‘It was the wrong choice of words,’ says Australian Olympic Committee president, who is facing challenge to his leadership

The Australian Olympic Committee’s president, John Coates, admits he erred when using the term “sheltered workshop” in an internal email that referred to a staff member with cancer.

“It was the wrong choice of words,” Coates said on Thursday, in a statement reported by the ABC and by Fairfax Media.

Related: John Coates denies AOC bullying and claims vindictive campaign against him

Related: AOC’s annual report details $40,000 pay rise for John Coates

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/27/john-coates-says-sorry-for-sheltered-workshop-remarks-in-aoc-email

Apr 27

Fiona De Jong: ‘Why can’t AOC bullying commission be fully independent?’

  • Concern raised after AOC announce review of behaviour within organisation
  • Incoming CEO to lead review following former chief executive’s accusations

Former chief executive Fiona de Jong has questioned the independence of a review into workplace practices at the Australian Olympic Committee.

Part of the AOC’s response to bullying claims by De Jong, which have led to senior staffer Mike Tancred standing down, will include an “independent” review of the body’s culture by the incoming chief executive, Matt Carroll.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/27/fiona-de-jong-why-cant-aoc-bullying-commission-be-fully-independent

Apr 26

Mike Tancred steps down from AOC position pending bullying investigation

Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director temporarily relinquishes post after complaints made by Fiona De Jong

Mike Tancred, the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, has stepped down from his position while an independent committee looks into claims of bullying within the organisation.

AOC chief executive Fiona De Jong brought complaints to light over the weekend, prompting an executive meeting to be called on Wednesday evening to discuss the accusations.

Related: John Coates denies AOC bullying and claims vindictive campaign against him

Related: Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after allegations of threats

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/26/mike-tancred-steps-down-from-aoc-position-pending-bullying-investigation

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