Vizer's attack may be costly

| May 2, 2015

Vizer's attack may be costly

by Ed Odeven

Playing political hardball with the IOC is not a winning proposition. SportAccord president Marius Vizer delivered a blistering critique of the IOC, its Agenda 2020 reforms, and its president, Thomas Bach, on April 20 at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia . It was ...

SportAccord chief Vizer rips IOC, Bach in Sochi speech

Apr 21, 2015

SportAccord chief Vizer rips IOC, Bach in Sochi speech

The head of the association representing international sports federations launched a scathing attack on the IOC on Monday, accusing the Olympic body of running a system that is “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent.” With IOC president Thomas Bach looking on, ...

Apr 2, 2015

IOC reveals compensation figures for Bach, members

IOC president Thomas Bach will receive a total of €225,000 ($242,000) a year in compensation to cover the costs related to his job of leading the Olympic body. The figure was disclosed Thursday as the IOC released its “indemnity policy” covering the allowances and ...

IOC approves Bach's reform plans

Dec 9, 2014

IOC approves Bach's reform plans

Thomas Bach never thought it would be this easy. In rapid fashion and without a single vote against or even an abstention, the International Olympic Committee on Monday overwhelmingly approved its president’s 40-point reform package — the biggest shake-up of the organization in decades. ...

Dec 7, 2014

Nagano could host 2018 Olympic events

The IOC is urging South Korean organizers of the 2018 Winter Games to move bobsled and luge events to another country to save money, according to an IOC official with knowledge of the situation. The IOC asked the South Koreans to halt construction of ...

Bach's proposals set for vote by IOC members

Dec 4, 2014

Bach's proposals set for vote by IOC members

IOC president Thomas Bach on Friday enters the final straight in his campaign to pass some of the most revolutionary reforms in the history of the 120-year-old Olympic movement and set his stamp on the IOC just over a year after taking office. The ...

Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

Sep 20, 2014

Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

by Dave Hueston

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is all in favor of bringing back men’s baseball and women’s softball as part of his 2020 Olympic agenda. He’s just not ready to say so, quite yet. Asked whether he wants to see the return of the ...

Olympic leaders support IOC TV channel, bidding changes

Jul 20, 2014

Olympic leaders support IOC TV channel, bidding changes

Moving forward on IOC president Thomas Bach’s reform process, Olympic leaders backed his proposals Saturday for setting up an Olympic television channel, reshaping the bid city procedure, and adding more flexibility to the sports program. Bach convened a summit of 16 key IOC and ...

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

| Jun 14, 2014

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

by Ed Odeven

Larry Probst, the United States Olympic Committee chairman, won’t win a popularity contest within the IOC anytime soon. Not after speaking his mind about the voting process to award Olympic cities. In an exclusive interview with Sports Business Journal late last month, Probst revealed ...

Feb 4, 2014

Bokel keeps seat on IOC executive board

Claudia Bokel has retained her seat on the International Olympic Committee’s executive board representing athletes. The IOC says Bokel won re-election to chair its athletes’ commission for a further two years. Like IOC President Thomas Bach, Bokel is an Olympic medal-winning fencer from Germany. ...