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Masters of the IOC universe: Putin, Gazprom, oligarchs and sheikhs

The so-called Olympic movement has showed a surprisingly strong interest in the first part of the report on the presidential race in the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The acronym ABB seems to have electrified people. It stands for “Anyone But Bach” – referring to the clear favorite among the six contenders for the IOC Presidency, the German Thomas Bach.
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On April 21st this year, most senior IOC officials met in Tianjin, northern part of China. On this day, the „Juan Antonio Samaranch Memorial Museum“ was opened, planned by the architect Ching-Kuo Wuo (Taiwan), another one of the six presidential candidates. At this occasion a conspiratorial-sounding abbreviation was used for the first time. ABT: „Anything but Thomas“. Sometime in May it changed to ABB.

Of course, the five challengers of Thomas Bach discreetly promote the ABB story among their peers. But one of them, Ser Miang Ng from Singapore, currently thought to be number two or three in the presidential race, now argues more offensively with a historical fact:

There have been eight presidents in IOC history. Seven from Europe, one from the U.S. – but none from the biggest and most populous continent. None from Asia.

So perhaps the ABB will be replaced by an ABE: From anywhere but Europe?

KGB-gate: Samaranch, more Russian olympic secret agents, IOC, FIFA and the Opus Dei

[caption id="attachment_5747" align="aligncenter" width="301"]Russisches Buchcover "Der KGB spielt Schach" Die russische Ausgabe, Juri Felschtinski et al.: „KGB igrajet w schachmatui“[/caption]

Die Geschichte von Juan Antonio Samaranch und dem KGB zieht ihre Kreise. „KGB plays chess“ ist derzeit das sportpolitische Top-Thema zwischen Vancouver, Madrid, Lausanne, London – und natürlich Moskau. Doch wenn ich es recht verstehe, muss Samaranch nicht viel befürchten, und die IOC-Führung kann sich weiter blöd stellen, das Prinzip der drei Affen vervollkommnen und die Öffentlichkeit für dumm verkaufen. Alles nur Gerüchte, wie mir IOC-Kommunikationsdirektor Mark Adams mitteilte?

Nothing but rumors? Not at all.