British Olympic Association Chair Sebastian Coe "wants the ban for athletes failing drugs tests to be increased from two to four years," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Coe said, "We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport. It is for the clean athletes. I don't care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport." Coe was speaking after U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, both Olympic and world championship Gold Medalists, "provided positive samples earlier this month" (REUTERS, 7/21). The BBC reported Coe believes that "athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent." The chairman "knows that lifetime bans are not possible." Coe: "If I could bring lifetime bans in I would" (BBC, 7/21). The DRUM reported Coe "is set to edit" the Weekend section of Saturday's London Daily Telegraph. Coe "will write for The Telegraph about a range of subjects, including sport, education, politics, family matters and travel as well as conducting interviews with high-profile figures across a wide range of sectors" (THE DRUM, 7/19).
U.K. Trade & Investment officials estimate that the London Olympics provided a £9.9B ($15B) "boost to business in the year since they were held," according to Thomas Penny of BLOOMBERG. The government’s trade-promotion agency said in a report that the benefit might rise to £41B ($62B) by '20. UKTI said that the £9.9B is made up of £5.9B ($9B) in extra sales as a result of Olympic-related activity, such as the British Business Embassy in London during the games, £2.5B ($3.8B) of additional investment in the U.K. from the games and £1.5B ($2.3B) in contracts for British companies overseas. UKTI also said that new business includes £120M ($183M) in contracts for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the Rio de Janeiro Games two years later. British companies "have also won more than 60 contracts for the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia next year" (BLOOMBERG, 7/19).
Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) President Alejandro Blanco "is fighting to speak with IOC members in Barcelona" for the Int'l Swimming Federation's (FINA) World Championships, according to Matilla & Jiménez of AS. As of Sunday, four members of the IOC had visited this year's World Championships, with Blanco contacting them following the event's inauguration on Friday. Blanco has met with FINA President Julio César Maglione of Uruguay, former Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, Zimbabwe swimmer Kirsty Coventry and Sam Ramsamy of South Africa. Blanco will make several trips from Madrid to Barcelona for different promotions, but "his obsession is to explain the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid to the IOC members thoroughly." It is expected that "throughout the tournament, which runs through Aug. 4, eight other IOC members will be present at some point." Blanco's other point of interest while in Barcelona is to convince Lionel Messi to participate in a promotional video for Madrid 2020 (AS, 7/21).