Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

The IOC has wrong priorities

When it comes to IOC President Thomas Bach, who is conducting a carefully controlled chat with Peng Shuai – all designed to show that she is not being held against her will, so that there can be no more diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in February – it was Amnesty International Australian Kyinzom Dhongdue who said it best.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach during the Tokyo Closing Ceremony in August.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach during the Tokyo Closing Ceremony in August.Credit:Getty Images

Take it away, Mrs Dhongdue: “I have to say that there is something deeply worrying about the fact that the President of the International Olympic Committee took part in the staged video call with Peng Shuai.” she told Sky News Australia. “The IOC must not take part in any laundering of possible human rights violations and the forced disappearance of an athlete. The question is whether she is really safe, why can she not speak directly to an independent journalist instead of via the IOC, why has it Chinese government deleted her completely from the Internet in China? We can not know exactly what the situation is with Peng Shuai, but her statements so far do not prove that she can fully and generally enjoy her human rights to freedom of expression, freedom, security and movement. ”

Exactly.

Who thinks Bach’s primary motivation was Peng Shuai’s security, and who thinks his primary motivation was to show something that would allow the Winter Olympics to continue without a boycott?

On the one hand, the Olympic movement always continues with the people of the earth coming together in peace and so on. On the other hand, when the rubber hits the road in serious human rights issues, on the safety of one of its athletes, now threatened by very powerful and dark forces, the IOC seems in my eyes to be set up straight and unfairly on the wrong side. side of the equation.

‘The tragic truth is that the question of Peng Shuai, no matter how horrible it is, is nothing more than the tip of a very ugly iceberg.’

All this, and we have not even talked about the genocide of the Uighurs – an estimated 1 million of them are now detained without any legal process – in the hands of the Chinese. Tell me again, how China was awarded the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing?

The tragic truth is that the question of Peng Shuai, no matter how horrible it is, is nothing more than the tip of a very ugly iceberg, and the thought that Bach, taking a staged chat with her, can get some of it to disappear is as outrageous as it is ridiculous.

Little a man of the people

Try this for a wonderful sporting reminiscence. After TFF on Thursday confirmed that I, even though I’m 60, still retain a slightly childish adoration of Dennis Lillee – the big man! – one of the readers, SteveA, wrote a comment:

“Back in the seventies you could front up at SCG the day before the Sydney test and watch the teams go through their steps in the nets, and it didn’t cost a penny. You also had free control to wander pretty much everywhere in the Holy Land, including the the playing surface.

The eternally accommodating Dennis Lillee, who was bullied by fans in Melbourne in 1972.

The eternally accommodating Dennis Lillee, who was bullied by fans in Melbourne in 1972.Credit:Fairfax Media

“Anyway, after inspecting the test wicket, and after getting my request for an autograph brushed off by the great Richie Benaud, (‘not now son, I do not have time’), I walked across the field and discussed my regular run of form in the U / 14s with the legendary league caller, Frank Hyde, it was like a dream that could not get better until I spotted the lonely figure of DK Lillee sitting on the lower deck of Members Stand and slept in the sunshine on a perfect Sydney day. I quickly said goodbye to Mr Hyde and walked through the gate where the big man sat in quiet contemplation. An autograph? Of course mate. He signed both my autograph book and my ABC Cricket book. How to make a sports hero. ”

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Another reader, DavidW, wrote this: “Like a 10-year-old in the ’70s who waited outside SCG’s rehearsal net with other autograph-hopefuls, and was brushed off by other members of the Oz team, DK comes out and says” OK boys “I got the award-winning autograph, encouraging words and a handshake from the big man and walked away with a laugh from ear to ear that lasted for weeks.”

Did I tell you, or did I tell you? I told you so!

Davos appropriate farewell

Speaking of “gentlemen of cricket”, they simply came no better than the late Alan Davidson, who died at the end of last month at the age of 92. As mentioned in this column at the time, there will be a public memorial service in his honor , and it’s this Monday at – where else? – SCG. All members of the public are welcome from kl. 11am, and speakers will include former Prime Minister John Howard and former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor. You can park on Driver Avenue or in the entertainment district while the entrance is via – where else? – SCG’s Alan Davidson Gates. Vale, Davo, you were one of the really good people.

What they said

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan announces Australia’s 2027 World Cup host: “This is a big step forward in our ambitions to host the Rugby World Cup 2027 and to restart the game in Australia. Throughout this process, we have had the true belief that the time has come to bring the Rugby World Cup back. to our shores. “

Chinese professional tennis player Peng Shuai, in a quickly deleted post fourteen days ago about former Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli: “Why did you have to come back to me, take me to your home to force me to have sex with you? I could not describe how disgusted I was and how many times I asked myself, am I still a human being? “I feel like a walking corpse … Even though it’s like hitting a rock with an egg and courting self-destruction like a moth to the flame, I want to tell the truth about you.” Shuai has only performed in a carefully staged setting since.

NBA basketball player Enes Kanter tweets: “Move the Olympics for Peng Shuai’s sake !!! It’s time we WAKE UP AND SPEAK !! All the gold medals in the WORLD are not worth selling your morals, values ​​and your principles. #WhereIsPengShuai # NoBeijing2022”

Rafael Nadal to The team: “The most important thing is to find out if she is okay. All of us in the tennis family hope to see her back with us soon. “

Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Todd Greenberg on the process of choosing a new Australian cricket captain: “We are not appointing the Archbishop of Canterbury here, where we are seeking to appoint a person to the role who will lead our country and lead them well. What I do know is that if our expectation is that the captain is perfect, then we’re in all sorts of trouble. “

Nick Kyrgios: “That’s why tennis is so hard, in my opinion. The mental game is ridiculous. Physically you have to be an absolute animal. What other sport do you have to play for over three hours, possibly seven times in two weeks? It does not happen. “I’m pretty sure that’s why I lost my damn bullets.”

Cricket Australia chairman Richard Freudenstein is throwing his predecessors under the team bus when it came to allowing Tim Paine to continue as Australian captain, despite knowing he was carrying a ticking tabloid bomb: “The entire current Australian cricket board, including the members who were on the board in 2018, is very clear that if the same circumstances arose today, we would make a different decision.”

David Peever, chairman of Cricket Australia at the time of the Tim Paine cover-up, responded. The last sentence is the killer: “I’m disappointed to see a current chairman publicly criticize decisions of a former board, several of which are still on the board and were part of the 2018 decision…. This issue has been around in cricket circles for some years now. current chairman has been sitting on the board for two years and it is unlikely that he did not know about it.If he and his board felt so strongly about it, why wait until now to act?

Dave Rennie, to speak out against the judge in the Welsh Test despite the threat of being sanctioned: “The boys emptied the tank for each other and we deserved a better result than that. It is important that I say my opinion. I have been a professional coach for 20 years and I have never gone in the media and had a crack in a referee or referee group. But I felt I had to do it tonight. ”

Mark Taylor: “A decision was made by the integrity unit and supported by the board to keep this in house. There have obviously been many assumptions about rights and the clock of it … Considering what happened at that time in the wake of Sandpapergate, they would make the same call 100 times out of 100. “ How much can a koala bear have? Only one scandal at a time.

Team of the week

Ashleigh Barty. The nation’s favorite daughter was engaged this week.

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Amanda-Jade Wellington. Produced the best bowling display in WBBL history to help the Strikers defeat the Brisbane Heat.

Alexander Zverev. Beat the world’s top two in a row to win his second ATP final title.

Ian Thorpe and Dennis Lillee. Both elevated to Legend status in the Sports Australia Hall of Fame. As TFF stated in the middle of the week, the Hall of Fame – whatever it is, by the way – makes itself look ridiculous by having taken so long to honor Lillee.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fired as Manchester United manager, making him the fourth permanent manager to be fired by the club since Sir Alex left in 2013.

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