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July 04, 2020

Matthews and Collett Banned From Olympics

MUNICH, West Germany, Sept. 8 — The International Olympic Committee barred today two United States…
July 04, 2020

Vincent Matthews and Wayne Collett: A Most Casual Protest With Most Striking Consequences

They stood there casually, one barefoot, hands on hips, the other in thoughtful repose, right…
July 04, 2020

Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have…

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced new guidelines on Thursday that ban athletes from making…
July 04, 2020

RESOLUTION OF THE IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD WITH REGARD TO RACISM AND INCLUSION

The IOC stands for non-discrimination as one of the founding pillars of the Olympic Movement,…
July 01, 2020

Lewis highlights racial discrimination and gender inequality in sports

"Olympic Order is the Olympic Movement highest award for distinguished contributions to sports. The list…
June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter movement brings ex-IOC President Brundage under new scrutiny

When the Olympic Games were last held in Tokyo, American multi-millionaire Avery Brundage was President…
June 27, 2020

Opinion: Equality still remains an elusive goal

My professional life has been defined by three principles: excellence, integrity, equality. They were bred…

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In busi­ness, the chang­ing mar­ket re­al­i­ties and the dis­rup­tion of tra­di­tion­al in­dus­tries are com­pelling busi­ness lead­ers and stake­hold­ers to re­view every as­pect of their op­er­a­tions.

Hard ques­tions must be asked and un­pleas­ant an­swers may be the out­come. What are the in­dus­tries vul­ner­a­ble to dis­rup­tion? Which are the com­pa­nies that are well po­si­tioned to turn changes and chal­lenges to op­por­tu­ni­ties?

The fu­ture is com­plex. In­no­va­tion is cru­cial for long-term suc­cess.

How can tech­nol­o­gy help find in­no­v­a­tive so­lu­tions to prob­lems? How can we pool our tal­ent and re­sources to im­prove peo­ples' lives and in­vest po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal in forg­ing the way for­ward in sport, busi­ness etc?

Here in Tokyo, Japan, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tees (ANOC) Gen­er­al As­sem­bly is tak­ing place against a back­drop of tur­moil in the cor­ri­dors of pow­er. Yet again the fo­cus on forg­ing the way for­ward for sport is dis­tract­ed by the tra­vails of sports pol­i­tics.

There are Olympic venues to vis­it, meet­ings with po­ten­tial train­ing camp venues in ad­di­tion to the se­ri­ous busi­ness of prepar­ing the Olympic move­ment for a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

That "the seas are rough" is not an un­der­state­ment or cliche but tur­moil is be­cloud­ing the wa­ters mak­ing the vi­sion a dif­fi­cult task. Out­ing fires that nev­er seem to go out.

Mem­bers of the Olympic sports move­ment are pulled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

One can ar­gue with a fair de­gree of cor­rect­ness that there is a need for a com­pre­hen­sive and durable so­lu­tion to ad­dress the root caus­es of the prob­lems that are ex­is­ten­tial threats to the Olympic move­ment. De­spite our in­di­vid­ual na­tion­al in­ter­ests - and in a num­ber of cas­es - per­son­al in­ter­ests, we must con­tin­ue to stay on the course of in­te­gra­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

We must lis­ten to the cho­rus of com­plaints and do so with a sense of ur­gency. If this isn't done then it may well be that when or if change comes, it will be too late for some. The lives and ca­reers lost can't be re­placed.

I have of­ten said to the amuse­ment of those who thrive on the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions, in­trigue and gos­sip that the world of in­ter­na­tion­al sports pol­i­tics is a bru­tal con­tact sport.

Peo­ple act in bad faith as a means of op­pres­sion or for oth­er im­prop­er pur­pos­es. Rep­re­hen­si­ble con­duct and abuse of process are clev­er­ly masked as a de­sire for trans­paren­cy and ac­count­abil­i­ty.

In the game of sports pol­i­tics those who be­lieve they con­trol the levers of pow­er and con­trol will shut down any re­al or per­ceived threat with bru­tal ef­fi­cien­cy.

It's a lone­ly place and a lone­ly world swim­ming or try­ing to swim against the tide that main­tains the sta­tus quo. Et,tu Brute? It's such a cha­rade.

Ed­i­tor's Note

Bri­an Lewis is the pres­i­dent of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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