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  • Battle For Control Of Australian Olympic Committee Intensifies

    The "toxic battle for control of Australia's Olympic movement has intensified," with revelations the Australian Olympic Committee paid A$6.4M in commissions to sponsorship agencies in the lead-up to the Rio Games -- "almost a third of the amount spent on the team," according to Leo Schlink of the HERALD SUN. The AOC "outlaid the fortune in commissions to agencies," including in-house agency Lagadère Sports, from earnings of A$49.6M in sponsorship, licensing and online advertising from '13-16. In the same period, the AOC allocated A$19.9M to the summer Olympic team, which "slumped to 10th on the medal table" -- its lowest finish since Barcelona in '92. The "controversial seven-figure payments" emerged as the "increasingly bitter showdown" between veteran AOC President John Coates and rival Danni Roche "enters its final lap ahead of next month's historic presidency vote." The Turnbull Government reportedly favors 1996 Olympic field hockey Gold Medalist Roche, "a ­significant development in the high-stakes face-off." Another government source said that Coates had "long been viewed" as of the "hard Labor" and it was "not in the interest of Australian athletes that the position be politicised" (HERALD SUN, 4/20).

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  • Olympic Notes: Activists Call For Probe Into Wood Used In Tokyo's Olympic Stadium

    Activist groups "called for an independent investigation into the use of wood possibly originating from Malaysian forests" for the construction of Tokyo’s Olympic stadium, saying that it is a "significant breach" of the city’s commitment to a sustainable 2020 Games. Seven groups said in a statement that tropical plywood being used to mold concrete for the stadium "had markings that appear to belong to Shin Yang, a Malaysian group of businesses." The groups said that Shin Yang is one of the "Big Six" logging companies in Sarawak state on the island of Borneo, a place "where they say illegal logging is widespread" and the destruction of forests "extreme" (BLOOMBERG, 4/20).

    South Korea will promote the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
    to foreigners visiting state-run King Sejong Institutes set up overseas to teach the Korean language, a public foundation that manages the institutes said Thursday. The King Sejong Institute Foundation affiliated with the culture ministry said that it will "screen a promotional video for the PyeongChang Olympics in Korean cultural classes at 174 institutes in 58 countries around the world" (YONHAP, 4/20).

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