Bach under pressure to solve "unsolvable" as Russian NOC exploit Seoul showing – Insidethegames.biz

Popular
As Thomas Bach fiddled with his headphones while Hans Natorp read out his statement you could see the frustration bubbling up inside him.
Such was his rage the International Olympic Committee President misheard what the Danish official said, wrongly accusing him of using the term “Russians” in his angry rebuke.
Bach had spent almost an hour at the lectern delivering his speech at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Seoul.
Much of that 5,000-word address was focused on the IOC’s response to the war in Ukraine in an effort to unite the Olympic Movement that threatens to fracture.
Bach reiterated the IOC’s stance against Russia and its military ally Belarus while war rages in Ukraine and stressed that it was “not the time” to lift restrictions, meaning Russian and Belarusian athletes remain banned.
While there are supporters of this approach, there are others that believe that it should be those in positions of power that should be the ones getting barred, not the athletes.
Natorp, the head of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), believes the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (NOCRB) and those countries’ sporting leaders should be penalised.
Bach reacted angrily, insisting that the “clear majority” must be respected and told Natorp that DIF should “reflect on its role” as a member of the Olympic Movement.
The German official also used the United Nations General Assembly as an example where all member countries came together for a meeting “regardless of whether their countries are in conflict.”
“The political world is becoming more and more fragmented, hostile and polarised,” said Bach.
“If we do not resist these forces or division, our Olympic Movement will become a part of this antagonistic zero-sum political game.
“We must do everything in our power to not become a victim of these confrontational political forces.”
However, the danger for Bach is that the presence of the Russian and Belarusian delegations in key meetings could do just that.
A total of 11 National Olympic Committees expressed concerns over the participation of the ROC and the NOCRB at the ANOC General Assembly, with the Latvian Olympic Committee and the British Olympic Association (BOA) refusing to attend the event in person.
Natorp also believes the absence of the Ukrainian delegation in Seoul spoke louder than words.
No official reason has been given for their omission, but one can only assume that they did not want to be in the same room as Russian and Belarusian officials.
Flags from both Russia and Belarus had not been placed on the desks prior to the meeting only for them to suddenly appear.
ANOC has yet to confirm how the flags got on the tables, but it appears the two nations put them there in an act of defiance against the IOC’s measures.
There were some suggestions before the ANOC General Assembly that ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov would not present his Culture and Education Commission report on the stage but he clearly could not pass up the opportunity to deliver his Russia-themed video presentation.
He could have chosen to show images of cultural and educational sporting activities from across a number of NOCs but instead chose to select two events that had happened in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.
The first of those was of the International Forum of Young Olympians that took place in Moscow in June, with athletes coming from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, China and Uzbekistan, according to Pozdnyakov.
The video, which was played to the tune of Bang Bang by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj and was filled with ROC branding and young athletes having fun proved too much for some to watch.
Several delegates including the DIF team left the room, with Natorp claiming it was “inappropriate propaganda”.
A second video was also shown which focused on the seventh edition of the Children of Asia in Russian city Vladivostok in July.
ANOC President Robin Mitchell thanked Pozdynakov for his presentation before later revealing that the ROC had gone rogue by not showing the videos before they were issued.
Mitchell also admitted that one of the videos would not have been presented if he had seen it beforehand.
But no questions were asked from the floor immediately after Pozdynakov’s report and Natorp remains the only NOC leader to speak out against the publication of the videos, allowing Russian honorary IOC member Vitaly Smirnov to dismiss the Dane’s walkout as irrelevant.
“It should be noted that there are more than 200 countries in the Olympic Movement and only one decided to leave,” Smirnov told Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.
As forementioned, the BOA joined the Latvian NOC in boycotting the meeting but perhaps a mass walkout would have delivered a bigger blow to the ROC.
When approaching NOC leaders for comment on Pozdynakov’s presentation, several also shied away from saying anything.
Venezuela Olympic Committee President Maria Soto said she felt the videos should have included athletes from across the world.
“Through a video I don’t think you should show a position,” Soto told insidethegames.
“Sometimes you put a side on some athletes from a specific country because of that but in my personal opinion we shouldn’t take sides.”
Chilean Olympic Committee President Miguel Ángel Mujica said he “respected” Russia’s position in the Olympic Movement and stressed the importance of keeping an “open mind” over the country’s NOC participation.
“We are against the war like a citizen of the world but in the Olympic Movement I respect the position of Russia,” said Mujica.
“I don’t agree with Russia’s attitude [on the war] but when we bring this problem into the Olympic Movement it is absolutely clear that there is a line and you should never try to cross it.
“I have an open mind.
“As President Bach says at the same time with the United Nations, Russia and the United States people try to solve the problem.
“I am not qualified to say what is propaganda.
“I ask is this propaganda or the real situation?
“I don’t know.
“Propaganda is coming from where and from who.”
Pozdnyakov claimed that “opinion is getting louder” on a potential return to international competitions for the country’s athletes following his attendance at the ANOC General Assembly.
NOCRB secretary general Kseniya Sankovich said she had also found “some warming” towards both countries.
It has also since been revealed by Pozdnyakov that he had held meetings with the NOCs of South Africa, South Korea, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia and Peru in Seoul.
Pozdnyakov boasted that the ROC was “expanding the circle of partners and friends” as he revealed that his organisation was “preparing to sign memorandums of cooperation” with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Mali and the Peruvian Olympic Committee.
Meanwhile, Natorp has taken to social media to highlight the response he has had since his comments at the ANOC General Assembly.
“We have opened an important conversation in the Olympic family,” Natorp wrote on Twitter.
“We have gained a lot of recognition and respect among like-minded NOCs who have not been able to break into the conversations themselves.
“DIF has received a lot of support- both the expected and not least the unexpected.”
Speaking to one delegate at the conclusion of the ANOC General Assembly in Seoul, they feared that fractures were starting to appear in the Olympic Movement as pressure mounts on Bach.
“An unsolvable dilemma” was how Bach described the IOC’s predicament and it is hard to argue against that.
However, if this dilemma is not solved soon those fractures could get bigger, delivering a blow to Bach’s premiership and the Olympic Movement.
Geoff Berkeley is a senior reporter at insidethegames.biz. After joining Midlands-based newspaper publisher Bullivant Media in 2011, Geoff rose through the ranks to become editor of the Malvern Observer and sports editor of several other weekly titles. He then went on to be appointed as the Worcester Warriors correspondent for the Worcester News where he was nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards in 2016 and 2017. He also had a spell at Sportsbeat in 2020.
Teenager Gavi steals the show for Spain as Belgium edge past Canada
Gavi scored a sensational volley in Spain's 7-0 win over Costa Rica ©Getty Images
When British skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the Olympic gold medal in ice dance at Sarajevo 1984 with 12 perfect 6.0s from every judge, for their interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, an important member of their team was singer-actor Michael Crawford. Crawford, who had played Frank Spencer in British sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and the title role in the musical The Phantom of the Opera, had become a mentor to the pair in 1981 and went on to help them create their Olympic routine. Crawford said he “taught them how to act”. He was present with their trainer Betty Callaway at the ringside at Sarajevo as they created one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history.
IPC – IPC Anti Doping Director – Bonn, Germany
X1db9ULy7jwhOH39 The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) offers the position of a full-time IPC Anti-Doping Director (f/m/x) in an international and multicultural team at the IPC Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, starting as soon as possible. The IPC Anti-Doping Director is accountable to the IPC General Counsel and will be responsible for directing the Anti-Doping Department and Anti-Doping Programme in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the IPC Strategic Plan.
More jobs
1668881255657Fifty years on from what was billed as the first-ever international women’s football match between Scotland and England, much has changed but only belatedly, writes Michael Houston.
Read more
Big Read Archive
Will you be watching the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on television?
You have viewed over 50 articles in the last 12 months.
Support insidethegames.biz for as little as £10
For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of reporting fearlessly on what happens in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have made news about the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and other major events more accessible than ever to everybody. 
insidethegames.biz has established a global reputation for the excellence of its reporting and breadth of its coverage. For many of our readers from more than 200 countries and territories around the world the website is a vital part of their daily lives. The ping of our free daily email alert, sent every morning at 6.30am UK time 365 days a year, landing in their inbox, is as a familiar part of their day as their first cup of coffee.
Even during the worst times of the COVID-19 pandemic, insidethegames.biz maintained its high standard of reporting on all the news from around the globe on a daily basis. We were the first publication in the world to signal the threat that the Olympic Movement faced from the coronavirus and have provided unparalleled coverage of the pandemic since. 
As the world begins to emerge from the COVID crisis, insidethegames.biz would like to invite you to help us on our journey by funding our independent journalism. Your vital support would mean we can continue to report so comprehensively on the Olympic Movement and the events that shape it. It would mean we can keep our website open for everyone. Last year, nearly 25 million people read insidethegames.biz, making us by far the biggest source of independent news on what is happening in world sport. 
Every contribution, however big or small, will help maintain and improve our worldwide coverage in the year ahead. Our small and dedicated team were extremely busy last year covering the re-arranged Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, an unprecedented logistical challenge that stretched our tight resources to the limit. 
The remainder of 2022 is not going to be any less busy, or less challenging. We had the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, where we sent a team of four reporters, and coming up are the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Summer World University and Asian Games in China, the World Games in Alabama and multiple World Championships. Plus, of course, there is the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Unlike many others, insidethegames.biz is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe that sport belongs to everybody, and everybody should be able to read information regardless of their financial situation. While others try to benefit financially from information, we are committed to sharing it with as many people as possible. The greater the number of people that can keep up to date with global events, and understand their impact, the more sport will be forced to be transparent.
Support insidethegames.biz for as little as £10 – it only takes a minute. If you can, please consider supporting us with a regular amount each month. Thank you.
Read more
logo

source

Leave a Comment

Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

Welcome to FactsPrime

Sorry, We have detected that you have activated Ad-Blocker. Please Consider supporting us by disabling your Ad Blocker, It helps us in maintaining this website. To View the content, Please disable adblocker and refresh the page.

Thank You !!!