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Olympic sports bodies in
turmoil 1 year after Rio
GENEVA---The Olympic family of sports is in a
period of turmoil one year after a troubled Rio de
A slew of critical headlines for sport's world govern-
ing bodies in the past week has tarnished soccer's FIFA,
swimming's FINA and boxing's AIBA organisations.
Personal enrichment is alleged against a rising star of
the International Olympic Committee, former sprinter
Track and field body IAAF suspended Fredericks last
week from its ruling committee during a probe of the
$300,000 payment to his company on the day in 2009
that Rio was chosen to host the 2016 Olympics. Fredericks
denies any wrongdoing.
The state of AIBA's institutional finances led its execu-
tive committee to pass a vote of no confidence in President
Ching-Kuo Wu. An IOC executive board member, Wu
denied reports AIBA risks bankruptcy because investors
want their money back.
Another IOC board member, Patrick Hickey, has been
"self-suspended" for 11 months since being arrested in
Rio for alleged links to scalping Olympic tickets.
The IOC, which passed a 2014 resolution urging sports
organisations to commit to improved governance, de-
clined comment yesterday on recent issues facing Sum-
mer Games sports:
n FIFA: FIFA's senior vice president Angel Maria Villar
is in a Spanish jail facing a range of corruption allega-
tions. Villar, who has led Spain's football federation for
29 years, was among four arrested this month, including
his son. Spain's top sports authority suspended Villar
for a year on Tuesday. FIFA's ethics committee has not
announced any measures.
Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, an IOC member
from Kuwait, was implicated in a Brooklyn federal court
document in April for allegedly funding bribes to Asian
football officials through accounts of the Olympic Council
of Asia (OCA), which he leads. The sheikh denied wrong-
doing though resigned from FIFA within days.
n FINA: The first vice president of swimming's world
body is Husain al-Musallam, also from Kuwait and a long-
time aide to Sheikh Ahmad. Al-Musallam was re-elected
unopposed Saturday by FINA members despite being
identified as "co-conspirator 3" in the Brooklyn case. The
sheikh is "co-conspirator 2." FINA cleared al-Musallam
as a candidate because "there was no case to answer"
according to its rules. In a federal court in Brooklyn, a
FIFA audit panel member from the United States terri-
tory of Guam admitted taking six-figure bribes to help
Kuwaiti interests in football politics.
Al-Musallam and Sheikh Ahmad are still a member and
chairman, respectively, of the IOC's Olympic Solidarity
Commission. It has a $500 million budget to help sports
bodies and athletes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
n AIBA: This week, AIBA (the boxing body) President
Wu faced a rebellion by senior colleagues who he said
appeared to be "bent on creating a false narrative in
the media." The New York Times and British daily The
Guardian claimed AIBA cannot afford to repay money
from Azerbaijani and Chinese investors in pro boxing
subsidiaries. Wu promised to give AIBA members a full-
er financial picture and hold a special congress within
months. The IOC withheld Rio Olympic revenues from
AIBA last year, and said yesterday it is "seeking more
information, to be able to determine whether further
action is required."
n IAAF: Though Fredericks has been in the spotlight
since March, track's Monaco-based body suspended him
only last week. The ruling explained Fredericks wants to
keep his IAAF Council seat, though he agreed to stay away
from the world championships in August. The four-time
Olympic medalist retains his IOC membership though
has no active role during investigations.
Fredericks was an IOC board member at the time of
the Rio vote. His company accepted $300,000 payment
allegedly sourced from a Brazilian businessman.
Fredericks said he was paid for a consultancy contract
with the son of Lamine Diack, who in 2009 was IAAF
President and an IOC member.
n IOC: Fredericks and Hickey were among the few
IOC members to miss meetings this month in Lausanne,
Switzerland, in the 2024-2028 Olympic bid contests.
Hickey has been in Ireland trying to clear his name
since December when he was allowed to leave Brazil
to receive medical treatment. The Sheikh Ahmad-led
Association of National Olympic Committees loaned
Hickey $430,000 to pay his bail money. (AP)
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