Quote Of The Day
Yet Reedie is not the problem. Nor, indeed, is Coe, despite the damage the former Olympic champion has done to athletics’ reputation. Rather, they are merely symptomatic of a wider and more dangerous problem, namely, the cosy old-boys club that monopolises the upper echelons of sports governance. Prior to becoming president of WADA, Reedie was chairman of the British Olympic Association. Twenty-two years ago, he joined the IOC and is currently a vice-president in concurrence with his WADA role. Similarly, Coe is a long-serving member of sport’s old-boys club; he has held influential posts within the BOA, London 2012’s organising committee and the IOC, as well as the IAAF.
And herein lies the issue: for all of these men, and they are invariably men, to ascend to the upper levels of the sporting hierarchy, they must gain entrance into the inner circle. Without the support of their fellow “old boys”, progress is impossible. But with this acceptance comes an unwillingness to act autonomously or in a manner that may bring the wrath of their the fellow old boys. And so, it becomes far more important for the old boys in blazers to protect their own self-interest than do what is best for their sport, and most importantly, the clean athletes who are the ones suffering the most. To go against the wishes of those at the top of the sporting hierarchy will result in expulsion from the sacred club pretty sharpish, and, make no mistake, the Reedies and the Coes of this world know this.
-excerpt from a great column by Susan Egelstaff in Scotland’s The Herald entitled, “Sir Craig and Coe are symptomatic of a more dangerous problem: the old-boys’ club.”
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