The head of the association representing international sports federations launched a scathing attack on the International Olympic Committee, accusing the IOC of running a system that is “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent.”
SportAccord chief Vizer rips IOC
The head of the association representing international sports federations launched a scathing attack on the International Olympic Committee on Monday, accusing the IOC of running a system that is “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent.”
With IOC President Thomas Bach looking on in Sochi, Russia, SportAccord chief Marius Vizer said the International Olympic Committee could be “headed for destruction” if it does not grant the federations more power.
Vizer accused Bach of blocking federations’ plans for multisports events, interfering in the autonomy of sports organizations and excluding key leaders from voting on Olympic host cities.
Vizer also criticized the IOC’s plans for an Olympic TV channel as a waste of money and complained cities bidding for 2022 Winter Games were prohibited from making presentations at the SportAccord conference in Sochi.
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The speech marked an unprecedented public show of discord within the Olympic movement and fully exposed the rift between Bach and Vizer, whose umbrella body represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations. Vizer’s outburst came after the IOC decided not to hold an executive-board meeting during the convention in Sochi, a snub that breaks with tradition going back to the first conference in 1993.
Vizer’s speech sparked an immediate backlash among some Olympic-sports leaders, with IAAF President Lamine Diack withdrawing track-and-field’s world governing body from SportAccord in protest. A group of 14 federation presidents signed a letter contesting Vizer’s comments and expressing support for Bach and the IOC.
Roberts to coach Utah women
Lynne Roberts, a former Seattle Pacific player and assistant coach, will coach the women’s team at Utah.
Roberts, who coached Pacific for the last nine seasons, replaces Anthony Levrets. Levrets was fired after the Utes went 9-21 last season.
Roberts had a 135-146 record at Pacific, but was 84-45 over the last four seasons at the Stockton, Calif., school.
Roberts graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from SPU in 2000.
2 BYU men’s players to transfer
Forward Isaac Neilson and guard Frank Bartley are transferring from Brigham Young. Last season, Neilson averaged 3.1 points as a freshman and Bartley averaged 2.5 points as a sophomore.
Cal’s Ingram is placed on leave
Pierre Ingram, California recruiting coordinator and wide-receivers coach, has been placed on administrative leave.
University officials provided no details on what was termed a “situation,” but the San Jose Mercury News reported Ingram, 30, was arrested as part of a prostitution sting in Oakland.
Police allege Ingram, who is married, solicited an undercover officer online and showed up at a Motel 6 on Thursday.
Ingram, who recently was named the Golden Bears’ passing-game coordinator, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor solicitation of a lewd act and was given a court date to appear next month, according to the newspaper report.
Antley heads Hall of Fame class
Chris Antley, the late jockey who twice won the Kentucky Derby, was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame along with trainer King Leatherbury and Thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat. The class will be inducted Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Antley, who died of a drug overdose in 2000, won the Derby in 1991 with Strike the Gold and in 1999 with Charismatic. In a career that spanned from 1983 until his death at 34, Antley won 3,480 races and had purse earnings of $92,261,894.
Antley won 469 races in 1985 to rank No. 1 among North American jockeys.
Leatherbury, 81, ranks fourth all time with 6,449 victories.
Lava Man won seven Grade I races, a record for a California-bred. Xtra Heat was voted North American champion 3-year-old filly in 2001.
Blatter has advice for Cup critics
Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer governing body FIFA, said politicians who are unhappy with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup should “stay at home” during the tournament.
Some U.S. senators have asked FIFA to move the tournament out of Russia to supplement international sanctions, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reportedly called for a boycott last month.
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Blatter said critical politicians should “stay at home, but we’re going to be setting up the biggest World Cup in Russia.”
• Greg Marsden, who coached Utah to 10 women’s gymnastics national championships in his 40 seasons, announced his retirement.
Marsden, 64, exits as the winningest coach in the sport. His record was 1,048-208-8. Utah finished second to Florida in last weekend’s NCAA championships.
Megan Marsden, 52, who is Greg’s wife, will continue in her role as co-coach. Tom Farden, 41, has been promoted from assistant coach to co-coach.
• Three-time British Open champion Nick Faldo will make his final appearance at the tournament at St. Andrews in Scotland this year.
The English golfer, who will turn 58 during the tournament in July, won his second British Open title at the Old Course 25 years ago. Faldo also won the British Open at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992.