Former LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe "will become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association at a vote next month after his only rival pulled out of the running," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Great Britain Hockey President Richard Leman "withdrew his candidacy turning the contest to lead the 43-member National Olympic Committee into a one-horse race." With his "ability to secure consensus during the seven-year Olympic project, Coe was seen as well-qualified to bring together the various strands of administration ahead of the Rio Games in '16." He will also bring with him key relationships with '12 sponsors that could continue to back British success through the BOA, "which needs to balance its books after spending £13M ($21M) taking the biggest Great Britain team ever to the Olympics" (LONDON TIMES, 10/16).
Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates wants the country's anti-doping body "to be given sweeping powers to force witnesses to give evidence in its fight against drug use in sport," according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Coates said, "The government should again consider strengthening [national anti-doping agency] ASADA's powers to investigate allegations of doping practices." Coates added ASADA should have "the power to compel witnesses to attend and give evidence and to produce documents relevant to such investigations." Coates' call came as ASADA announced closer working ties with the Australian Crime Commission to "clamp down on the doping cheats with greater speed and efficiency" (REUTERS, 10/16). The AAP reported Coates said that he "had been pushing for greater powers for investigators to obtain evidence" since before the 2000 Sydney Olympics and "repeated them" when ASADA took over its role in '05. The AOC said, ''AOC experience is that without the power to compel the giving of oral and documentary evidence, many allegations of ADRV's [anti-doping rule violations] cannot be properly investigated and prosecuted'' (AAP, 10/17).
IOC VP Thomas Bach said that Lance Armstrong should "come clean with a full doping confession" and added that the IOC will "look into ways of taking away Armstrong's 2000 Sydney Games medal," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said, "This case is now with the UCI [Int'l Cycling Union], which has to determine whether Armstrong should have taken part in the Sydney Olympics or not. If the case is that he should not have taken part, that he should have been banned for that period, then the IOC will take its decision on this basis and will need to decide on the stripping of the medal." The UCI has 21 days to rule on the USADA report, while the IOC has an eight-year statute of limitation for changing Olympic results and stripping medals from doping offenders. Bach said that "there could be ways around that in this case" (REUTERS, 10/16).
The Int'l Baseball Federation and the Int'l Softball Federation have come to a memorandum of understanding to "create a united front to ramp up their campaign for the sport and to reaffront the campaign" to get back on the 2020 Games Olympic program, according to Laura Walden of SPORTSFEATURES.com. According to the memorandum of understanding, a new joint committee will be formed, made up of eight people (ISF President and three members appointed by the ISF, and IBAF President and three members appointed by the IBAF) who will "oversee all facets of the merger process" and now seek recognition by the IOC as one federation. If approved, this would impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to "add the venue to their plan" should the new sport be added (SPORTSFEATURES.com, 10/15).