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Battle For Control Of Australian Olympic Committee Intensifies

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 21 / 17

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 HE...

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