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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

British Olympic Association CEO ANDY HUNT will step down at the end of February "in the latest shake-up" at the organization, according to Riach & Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Hunt held the position for four years. During that time, he was also chef de mission for Team GB. Despite Britain's success in hosting and competing at the London Games, the BOA is "struggling to attract new sponsors" ahead of Rio de Janeiro 2016 and "will not appoint an immediate successor" to Hunt or an interim CEO (GUARDIAN, 2/13). In London, Jacquelin Magnay reported Hunt told the BOA board meeting Wednesday that he "wanted a new leadership role." Hunt said, "Now that the Games are over, and the organization's strategy for the next four years is taking shape, the BOA's responsibilities and the job of the CEO are different, and I feel it is the right time for me to move on to another leadership role with breadth and profile similar to the responsibilities I've fulfilled since 2008" (TELEGRAPH, 2/13). Also in London, Charles Sale wrote Hunt "fell on his sword." His departure "had been widely regarded as inevitable" since his Commercial Chief Officer HUGH CHAMBERS lost his job last month. The directors had "lost faith in the commercial plans" of their exec team with the BOA "somehow having failed to attract new sponsorship since London 2012, despite the huge success" of Team GB (DAILY MAIL, 2/13).

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia General Secretary VATH CHAMROEUN has been appointed as president of a new Athletics Committee formed by the NOCC. The new committee is "aimed at helping to best represent the interests of Cambodian athletes and funding future events." Swimmer KET SIVAN, has been named deputy, and wrestler CHOV SOTHEARA "will act as secretary" (PHNOM PENH POST, 2/13). ... Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) President ALEJANDRO BLANCO was re-elected for a third term on Wednesday. Blanco received 153 of a possible 167 votes. The other 14 were left blank (MARCA, 2/13). ... The NHL Columbus Blue Jackets hired Finnish club Jokerit President & GM JARMO KEKÄLÄINEN as their GM, replacing SCOTT HOWSON. The move makes Kekäläinen "the first European to hold that position" in the NHL (BLOOMBERG, 2/13).

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A Turkish Football Federation source said that Ivorian footballer DIDIER DROGBA "has been given the go-ahead to play for Galatasary," after his former Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua disputed his move. The TFF source said, "FIFA's authorization arrived yesterday. There's no problem. Drogba will be able to play on Friday" (AFP, 2/13). ... French footballer YANN M'VILA is "at the center" of an investigation after his phone number was discovered in the cell phone of an underage prostitute (LE MONDE, 2/13). ... New Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain player DAVID BECKHAM has opted for a Bristol hotel as his home during his five-month spell in the capital (SPORTUNE, 2/13). ... Sky Sports News presenters were "forced into an apology" after Dermot Gallagher used the word "Holocaust" live on TV in reference to the incompetence of the fifth official during Juventus’ first goal Tuesday night (London DAILY MAIL, 2/13). ... KHODER NASSER, the manager of boxer SONNY BILL WILLIAMS, has accused FRANCOIS BOTHA of "sour grapes" after the South African boxer claimed he was offered A$150,000 ($155,000) to throw Friday's fight. Nasser "strongly denied Botha's allegation that he offered him that sum seven days ago in a Brisbane park, ahead of the World Boxing Association title fight, which Williams won on points" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/13). ... Sri Lanka Cricket suspended player CHARITH SENANAYAKE from service with immediate effect without remuneration, pending an inquiry into three charges against him (SLC). ... Real Madrid player CRISTIANO RONALDO presented a €100,000 ($135,000) check from UEFA to the Int'l Committee of the Red Cross Wednesday night to support the rehabilitation of landmine victims in Afghanistan (UEFA).

Bild's KAI DIEKMANN: "Aliens above San Francisco. We just lost our deputy-corporate-spokesperson, Tobias Fröhlich. Will anybody miss him?"

Mischief PR exec SIMON BRISTOW: "Watching the adidas Energy Boost Livestream, I can see a few governing bodies having an issue with the Springblade technology."

RAFAEL NADAL: "En Brasil, en la sala de jugadores viendo un gran partido de fútbol!" ... ("In Brazil, in the players' lounge. We are watching a great football game!")

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Andy Hunt will step down at the end of the month, with no replacement expected to be appointed until April. Does he get to keep the scarves?"

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