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  • Swimming Australia's New Performance Dir Michael Scott Promises Changes On His Watch

    Swimming Australia's new High-Performance Dir Michael Scott "has vowed that all swimmers, coaches and staff on the national team will be held to the same high standards of behaviour once he takes the helm next month," according to Nicole Jeffery of THE AUSTRALIAN. Scott: "There will be one team, one ethical framework, one set of values and one set of rules. There can't be any teams within the team." Swimming Australia confirmed its new leadership team Tuesday, announcing the appointment of CEO Mark Anderson, the former Hockey Australia chief, and Scott, the former British Swimming performance director "who had previously been director of the Australian Institute of Sport." Scott, who turned down the job of high-performance director at Athletics Australia in January in anticipation of securing this position, said that he preferred this role because he was "passionate about swimming and I believe in the future of the sport" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/10).

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  • International Olympic Committee Considering Additional Events For Rio 2012

    With three years until the Rio Games, 3-on-3 basketball and BMX freestyle "are trying to join the Olympics," according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. The IOC is assessing possible extra events, teams and athletes for Brazil after the successful London Games, "with one of the deepest wish lists" coming from FINA. IOC Sports Dir Christophe Dubi said on Monday that the Olympic sports federations have been "extremely creative" with their requests. Dubi said that "the IOC wants to make the same impact with new additions as they made in London," which awarded 302 medals in 26 sports. Golf and seven-a-side rugby "join the roster in Rio." Traditional sports also are competing and the swimming body suggested 50-meter medal events in backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly for men and women, plus 800 freestyle for men and 1,500 free for women. "Is it totally different? No, but it's important as well," Dubi said, highlighting swimming's "super-high" ratings. "Every time you put it on TV there is consumption." FINA also "seeks more entrants in women's water polo (12 teams instead of eight), open-water swimming (30, up from 25), diving and synchronized swimming team event." With the iconic Copacabana sands hosting beach volleyball, "the sport's governing body proposes 32 teams in each of the men's and women's events, up from 24 in London" (AP, 4/8).

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  • Olympic Notes: 'Doraemon' Chosen As Special Ambassador For Tokyo 2020 Bid

    Well-known Japanese anime character "Doraemon" on Friday was appointed the nation's first special ambassador in support of Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (XINHUA, 4/9). ... The Pakistan Olympic Association condemned the "unauthorized and illegal elections of the Sindh Olympic Association" reportedly held on April 7, at Karachi "under the aegis of what itself is an unlawful body -- the so-called interim POA created by vested interests backed by some federal government functionaries." The Islamabad High Court has also issued a stay order, "restraining the operation of the so-called Interim Committee" while the IOC has already branded it as an illegal body (PAKISTAN TODAY, 4/9). ... Japanese hammer throw Olympic Gold Medalist Koji Murafushi "will attend a hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport" in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday regarding his appeal of an IOC decision to block his election to the IOC's Athletes' Commission (KYODO, 4/9).

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