Articles matching tag: IOC
- Column: Restoring Integrity to Sport CompetitionDecember 15, 2016
If you thought McLaren I was a blockbuster, you haven’t read McLaren II. Richard McLaren is the Canadian attorney who earlier this year was commissioned by WADA – the World Anti- Doping Agency – to investigate allegations that Russia engaged in a doping scandal designed to thwart testing of its athletes. Just weeks prior to the Rio Olympics McLaren issued a report which confirmed whistleblower claims that the doping program initiated by the Russian government was widespread, pervasive and systemic.
- Column: WADA Needs Watchdog of Its OwnNovember 17, 2016
Looks like the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the agency charged with assuring clean competition at the world’s most important sports competitions, could use a watchdog of its own. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) claims that it’s “responsible for delivering an anti-doping program for the Olympic Games that produces accurate and reliable testing outcomes, and that effectively deters cheating or detects any cheating that nevertheless occurs.” To accomplish this end, the IOC contracts with WADA which in turn employs Independent Observers (IO) to chaperone athletes and collect samples during the Games.
- Column: The IOC Is Punishing The InnocentJune 30, 2016
In his 2007 bestseller Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler, discusses the ten C’s that can be used as a test of a good leader: Curiosity, Creative, Communicate, Character, Courage, Conviction, Charisma, Competent, Common Sense and the one that he regards as the most important, Crisis. If you believe Iacocca, and dismiss him at your own risk, the so-called leaders of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have failed the test. The IAAF, the world governing body for track and field events, recently banned Russia’s track and field athletes from participating in this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil. The IAAF ban was actually an extension of a suspension imposed last fall after a comprehensive report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) detailed Russia’s “deeply rooted culture of cheating (i.e., doping).” The IOC upheld the IAAF ban.