The Telegraph has suggested the 2012 Olympics will provide a key test for the new Bribery Act. Corporate hospitality is supposed to come under scrutiny. Really? The whole point about this kind of event is the bidding war which requires nations to chuck goodies at international sports bodies. Freebies are what the IOC and others expect while sponsors and businesses have always used tickets to arts and sports events as a way to make friends and influence people.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 19/12/2010 - 01:49.
Credit where credit is due, but not necessarily where the press is concerned. The Telegraph declared the Spectator and Games Monitor, in that order, had struggled for two years to get the London 2012 host contract released under Freedom of Information legislation.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 13/12/2010 - 00:52.
A PDF of a photocopied record of the Host City Agreement for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
London 2012 Olympics Host City Contract
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sat, 11/12/2010 - 15:27.
Sport turns sour for the Brits yet again. After that drubbing at the hands of FIFA and the Russians and being told by Blatter they were bad losers comes more humiliation, this time from the IOC. The press has just noticed the host city contract which has been languishing on this website after an heroic Freedom of Information campaign for its release. Newspapers of all kinds, even including the Guardian, have vented their spleen over the conditions imposed on London in the contract. One of the clauses causing the most annoyance is the stipulation that the French language should take precedence in announcements and ceremonies and that Olympic notices stuck up around the capital should also be in French.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 11/12/2010 - 02:30.
BoJo has withdrawn the corrupt offer of a free stay for FIFA officials at the Dorchester during the 2012 Olympics. It's just taken for granted that this is the sort of thing bidders offer organisations like FIFA.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 05/12/2010 - 15:35.
VANCOUVER - A lot of people around the world watched the 2010 Winter Olympics, but not as many as the official Games-time estimate.
The International Olympic Committee’s Vancouver 2010 marketing report shows actual viewership was just over half the oft-repeated 3.5 billion estimate from IOC marketing director Timo Lumme's Feb. 23 news conference.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 17/11/2010 - 16:50.
Andrew Jennings interview on Brazilian Bola de Vez TV show about corruption in global sports business
Andrew Jennings replies in English to a panel of Brazilian journalists asking him about corruption in FIFA, the World Cup, Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 04/10/2010 - 12:20.
Apparently the reason the 2012 Olympic marathon will not be run in East London is because East London's roads will be needed to get the Olympic family to the Games on time in East London, where, of course, they will not get to see the marathon and will, therefore, probably choose to stay in Central London!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 02/10/2010 - 03:31.