By Nikki Dryden and Andrew Jennings
July 25th, 2012
In an new critical report, a group of Olympians, academics, athletes, journalists and students lead by human rights lawyer and former Olympic swimmer Nikki Dryden and investigative journalist Andrew Jennings put focus on how well the individual members of the International Olympic Committee live up to the Olympic ideals. In this comment, Dryden and Jennings explain their motivation behind the project and present what they call ‘the Real IOC’.
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In just a few days the London Olympic Games will open to fanfare and fireworks. Athletes will parade around the Olympic stadium carrying their nation’s hopes and dreams on their shoulders. However these days, the athletes, the lifeblood of the Olympic Movement, not only have to do their best, they must also say, act, and be one way: Olympian.
The rules for athletes get stricter every year. Athletes cannot say or write anything that contradicts or criticizes the Olympic Ideals. If an athlete does tarnish the “Olympic” image in any way the IOC they are threatened with legal action, or worse, with expulsion from the Olympic Games through the IOC’s proxy National Olympic Committees.
Yet the leaders of the Olympic Movement, the 106 secretly chosen IOC members, are held to a different standard. In fact, it seems they are held to no standard at all. IOC members consistently violate the supposed Olympic ethics, Olympic Charter, and even international law. Their actions, even when exposed publicly (see PhD plagiarists M Moon and Mr Schmitt) or punished criminally (see France’s Mr Drut and Korea’s Mr Lee), are overlooked, at worst resulting in a slap on the wrist. But why? In almost every country in the world, the Olympic pursuit is government funded, so if athletes must be held to this public standard, why aren’t IOC members? Our guess is because most people, the citizens of the world who pay for the Olympic Games and Olympians’ dreams, don’t know the Real IOC.
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Published July 2012