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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?

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Im Tiefflug


DURBAN. Moin, moin. Ich denke, den folgenden Text, den ich schon mal zur Lektüre anbiete, werde ich später mit Links, Bildern, Videos und weiteren Anmerkungen aufhübschen: Yang Ho Cho, 62, ist Vielflieger und ständig unterwegs. Seine Kameras hat er immer dabei, an Motiven ist kein Mangel. Daheim in Korea lichtet er gern Wildblumen ab. Kalender […]

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Olympic bidding race 2018: noch zwei Tage


DURBAN. Wer wissen will, was ein MOMENTUM ist, warum dieses gefühlte Momentum für München spricht, Pyeongchang aber weiter vorn liegt, wie man ein Momentum pflegen und beeinflussen kann durch Spin und warum sich die Südkoreaner so ruhig verhalten, der kann jetzt auf knapp 27 Minuten ganz bequem nachhören, was einige der Olympia-Protagonisten mir erzählt haben: […]

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