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Volume 6 No. 193

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Spanish Basketball League (ACB) clubs met in Madrid "with one main objective: defining the profile the league is seeking in the upcoming presidential election," according to MARCA. The clubs established a "timeline that was unanimously approved," and in the upcoming weeks, they will carry out a financial and organizational analysis, then make a proposal of short-, medium- and long-term strategic objectives. This will include an external selection committee presenting clubs with a list of presidential candidates (MARCA, 10/16). The upcoming season of the ACB will be available in 140 countries after new agreements were reached in the Middle East, North Africa, Great Britain, Georgia and Romania. The league announced the news in a statement (EFE, 10/13).

New details have emerged of the "climate of fear" to which GB Para-swimmers were subjected by former head coach Rob Greenwood, according to Dan Roan of the BBC. Among the findings of a confidential final report, investigators found Greenwood "inappropriately disclosed an athlete's medical information" and banned swimmers from leaving hotels "as punishment." It was also concluded that "there was a lack of nurturing, empathy and appreciation for athletes' general well-being." British Swimming released a statement summarizing the findings of the investigation, but full details of the "heavily redacted final report" have been revealed. One member of staff -- understood to be Greenwood -- was said to have:

  • "acted in an intimidating manner towards athletes"
  • "used derogatory terms to describe athletes owing to their disability"
  • "inappropriately disclosed medical information of a Para-swimmer"
  • "asked an athlete to perform a task they were unable to do due to their disability"
It added that "when recounting their experiences ... in the squad under the tutelage" of an unnamed member of staff -- understood to be Greenwood -- "a number of athletes became visibly distressed. Their recollection was vivid and the impact on them palpable" (BBC, 10/15).

FIA confirmed it will reply to the consultation into a European Union insurance ruling which a trade association claimed last week could "close down all motorsport," according to Jack Benyon of MOTORSPORT. The consultation -- which closes on Friday -- is into the ruling known as Vnuk and its implementation, which applies to all 27 EU member states, made by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Sept. '14. Should it be implemented in Europe, it will "force all motorised vehicles to hold unlimited third party liability insurance, even on private land." That includes racing circuits and "means any crash within races would be treated as a road traffic accident and would cause the involvement of the police." The consultation "offers a number of options," one of which, option three, is being backed by people involved with motorsport. It would mean Vnuk applies "in traffic only" and therefore would not affect events such as motorsport on private land (MOTORSPORT, 10/16).

Top sporting teams and leaders have flown to Shanghai for the inaugural Australia-China Sports Summit "aiming to help break down stereotypes of an Australia boasting only brawn, and of Chinese athletic disinterest outside the Olympics." Australian Federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt said that the government recognized "the power of sport to act as a bridge facilitating connectivity and promoting trade" between the countries (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/17).

The Welsh Rugby Union changed its int'l player selection policy and "scrapped the so-called Gatland's Law." Heading into this season and next, players with clubs outside Wales required one of four wildcard picks to represent their country, with that figure dropping to two for the '19-20 World Cup season. WRU CEO Martyn Phillips announced Wales will now follow an "Australian-style rule." If a player has won 60 caps or more, his int'l prospects "will not be affected." The new policy takes effect immediately (PA, 10/16).

Former University of Minnesota AD Joel Maturi thinks it is "insane" that some of the major NCAA schools "make a large amount of money through sports." But he said that "it is the reality," and he hopes that Japan can use the U.S. as a reference when it starts its own version of the collegiate governing body. Speaking to Japanese collegiate and governmental athletic officials and administrators late last month, Maturi said that he could give them some "suggestions and recommendations" of what might work in Japan, but "did not intend to tell them what to do" (JAPAN TIMES, 10/16).