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Sponsors hold the key to stopping corruption in sport, says former WADA president Dick Pound

Posted November 27, 2015

London Evening Standard

 

Dick Pound believes the power to clean up sport rests with the companies that pour billions into it.

 

Pound led the WADA commission which this month exposed Russia’s state-backed doping program for athletes and his team is preparing a second report into allegations of corruption within the IAAF.

 

Then, on Monday, dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the offices of their national association as they accused the organisation of mismanagement.

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How can the scandal-struck world of sport emerge from crisis? I have a solution…

Posted November 26, 2015

London Loves Business

 

Why do sports administrators still try to preserve the fiction that sport has nothing to do with money? Asks Bose in his latest column…

 

Now you may think Lloyd’s of London has nothing to teach sports. One is an insurance market where how you calculate risk matters, the other is about athletes creating a wonderful world of myth and magic. Wrong.

 

For both institutions there is the question of who sets policies for them. How can sports emerge from the crisis that has engulfed both football and athletics? One solution is to look at how Lloyd’s finally realised that the self-regulatory world which had worked for centuries could no longer cope with the problems of the modern age.

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London 2012 Olympics were not ‘sabotaged’ by doping scandal, insists WADA chief Sir Craig Reedie

Posted November 12, 2015

London Evening Standard

Among the many headlines to come out of the report into the Russian doping scandal was that the London Olympics had been “sabotaged” by the cheats.

That comment came from Dick Pound, a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and head of the commission investigating Russian athletics.

It could be assumed that the current head of WADA, Sir Craig Reedie, agrees with the Canadian. But Reedie is a former chairman of the British Olympic Association and was on the organising committee of London 2012 and he does not think the golden glow of those three weeks has been destroyed.

He says: “It is hugely disappointing to know some athletes should not have taken part and quite clearly sanctions were not brought against them, presumably, so they were able to run in London. But I don’t think sabotage is the right word. Russia had a pretty good athletics team. The London Games were splendid in every way.”

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Summer stars set template for banishing Britain’s winter blues

Posted February 20, 2014

These Sochi Games are the first in which our winter athletes have emulated our summer Olympians by targeting success in certain disciplines.

Team GB’s summer athletes have done that so well in sports such as cycling and rowing they have often left the rest of the world gasping.

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Drug cheats are the only winners if everyone plays numbers game

Posted February 18, 2014

Ever since Ben Johnson’s fall, every Olympics has seen officials try to convince us that, this time, no cheat will get away with it. And, for the Russians, a clean Sochi is crucial if only to lay the ghosts of their doping past.

The 1980 Olympics, the last time the Games were in Russia, is widely seen as a dopers’ paradise. Even two decades later, the Russians were in such a state of denial they threatened to walk out of the 2002 Salt Lake Games after cross country skiers Larisa Lazutina and Olga Danilova failed drugs tests.

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