Quote Of The Day
“Maybe, though, the best thing for Coe to argue is that far from presiding over the most sophisticated of corrupt systems, Diack was in fact a bumbling amateur. Allegedly banking a little over £140,000? Jack Warner wouldn’t get out of bed for that. Indeed, in the sliding scale of sporting dishonour, alongside everything from Deflate-gate to Crashgate, Diackgate barely registers.”
“But the sine qua non of corruption belongs with Sepp Blatter and his Fifa cronies. To set up bidding processes and invite the world to apply for tournaments the destination of which you have already long decided is larceny on the grandest of scales. You suspect that the sums involved in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 make £140,000 look like loose change.”
– Excerpt from a Telegraph article claiming the IAAF doping scandal is a small one as compared to others like the FIFA schedule. The difference, though, is FIFA was selling the rights to hold the competitions – not the competitions themselves like the IAAF. As Daley Thompson said in another article, “This is much worse than what Sepp Blatter has (allegedly) been doing at FIFA. When somebody is in charge of the sport and is protecting and profiteering from cheating then I don’t think you can go lower. He (Diack) has undermined the very premise that sport is built on. All those people who have lost medals and funding and pure enjoyment, and all those spectators who have been fooled, it has been such a dereliction of duty.”
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