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Volume 6 No. 213


Adidas has opted to "not answer the new offer" from the French National Olympic Committe (CNOSF) for the 2016 Olympics, according to L'EQUIPE. The offer from the CNOSF did not include Olympics "competition clothing" and was thus turned down by adidas. The sportswear company had been the official Olympics kit supplier of the CNOSF for 36 years. Adidas will continue to be the supplier of certain French athletes and federations outside of the Games. Each French sports federation will have to work out its own individual deals with kit providers for the Rio de Janeiro Games. (L'EQUIPE, 11/28).

Plans to merge the elite sport-funding body U.K. Sport and the grassroots quango Sport England as part of PM David Cameron's "bonfire of the quangos" are likely to be "scrapped in the wake of Team GB's Olympic success" from the summer, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. U.K. Sport, which invested £312M ($499.7M) in the four-year Olympic cycle to Beijing and has had its funding protected until Rio de Janeiro in '16, "had lobbied hard against the plans in the belief it could dull the 'no compromise' ethos that led to fourth place in the medal table in Beijing and third in London." It is understood that "a letter has gone to the cabinet office recommending that they retain separate chairmen, CEOs and boards, after all." However, it is also understood that the two organizations "will still be asked to look for ways to save back-office costs, to move out of their separate central London offices into a new location, and examine ways to cooperate more effectively." In particular, "ministers want them to discuss how to better bridge the gap between the community sport projects funded by Sport England using up to £250M ($400.4M) of exchequer and Lottery funding per year and the 'no compromise' approach employed by U.K. Sport to target its cash at the most-likely medal prospects" (GUARDIAN, 11/27).

The IOC made it clear that it will "propose the suspension" of the Indian Olympic Association in its exec board meeting early next month if the upcoming IOA elections are "held under the government's Sports Code," according to the PTI. The development has "put the controversial polls under a cloud." In a letter written by IOC Dir General Christophe de Kepper to IOA acting President V K Malhotra, the world body "rejected IOA's request to send an int'l delegation to resolve the issue and threatened to intiate the process of suspending the Indian sports body." The IOC "reiterated its directive" to the IOA as expressed in its letter on Friday to "present its position" to the IOC by next Friday or face suspension. The IOC also "came down hard" on the IOA and the Sports Ministry for "failing to resolve the issue for more than two years" (PTI, 11/28).