Olympic Notes: Dick Pound Accuses IOC Of 'Doing Nothing' About Corruption Crisis
Former WADA President Dick Pound accused the IOC of "doing nothing" about its growing corruption crisis. Several IOC officials have been implicated in corruption in '17. Pound, also an IOC senior official, said, "We've taken a severe hit in terms of credibility. Every time another IOC member is implicated in something potentially nefarious we lose more credibility" (BBC, 9/12).
Tokyo 2020 Organizers on Tuesday rejected allegations by 47 non-governmental organizations that they had used companies with "suspect logging track records," saying that all material purchased was "strictly regulated." In an open letter to the IOC on Monday, the NGOs said that there was "mounting evidence the Tokyo Games were using timber through companies associated with illegal logging and human and labor rights violations." Tokyo organizers said that the source rules developed had been the "result of extensive consultations and were subject to constant regulation" (REUTERS, 9/12).