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Puma Head of Business Development Bill Sweeney has been named CEO of the British Olympic Association, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Sweeney takes over for Andy Hunt who left "as part of the major downsizing of the organisation" after London 2012. Sweeney brings "important commercial expertise" to the job, after dealing with "some of the top names in global sport," including long-time Puma client Usain Bolt. Sweeney: "With managerial experience across Europe, the U.S. and Asia with some of the sports industry’s leading brands, I look forward to working with all our partners and stakeholders to ensure we have the best-prepared, best-supported teams competing at their highest levels in the Summer, Winter, European and Youth Olympic Games" (DAILY MAIL, 10/7). In London, Ben Rumsby wrote Sweeney "will be responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the BOA," including preparations for the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympics, the inaugural 2015 European Games and other events in which Team GB will compete. He has been at Puma since Nov. '10, designing and directing its business strategy for London 2012, and its marketing activities for the recent America’s Cup. BOA Chair Sebastian Coe said, “We had a number of outstanding candidates who put themselves forward for our chief executive position. Bill’s business and sport experience, and his impressive record in developing global sports brands, makes him the right choice for this role. Importantly, Bill knows how to build brands, reach consumers and generate the revenues that are necessary to support our organization" (TELEGRAPH, 10/7).
Former Spanish Sports Federation for the Intellectually Disabled (FEDDI) President Fernando Martin Vicente is "the only person among the 19 accused in the 'false paralympics' case to have been punished, while charges were withdrawn for each of the others," according to the EFE. Vicente was fined €5,400 ($7,330). The case "was brought against 19 FEDDI members and the Spanish basketball team that won Gold at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games even though only two of the team's 12 players had a disability." The decision was "expected to take four days, but an agreement was reached for Vicente to take responsibility for all accused." The "prosecutors had initially asked for two years for everyone that was accused, but finally agreed to punish only Vicente." After it "became known that many of the players on the Spanish basketball team were not disabled, the Spanish Paralympic Committee withdrew the players' medals and opened an investigation" (EFE, 10/7).