Posts Tagged ‘ioc’
As Mr. Clean works on the report of his 8-day trip hanging with the US Sailing Team Sperry, combing through the pollution of Guanabara Bay, and the endless ass parade that are Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, we figured we’d share some information with you that explains why we don’t ask Olympic Athletes whether they ‘feel comfortable’ competing in nasty and dangerous water. Because around half of them would literally choose death in five years if it guaranteed them a medal. From a New York Times piece on doping comes this description of the Goldman Dilemma, and here’s a pertinent study.
There’s a well-known survey in sports, known as the Goldman Dilemma. For it, a researcher, Bob Goldman, began asking elite athletes in the 1980s whether they would take a drug that guaranteed them a gold medal but would also kill them within five years. More than half of the athletes said yes. When he repeated the survey biannually for the next decade, the results were always the same. About half of the athletes were quite ready to take the bargain.
Only recently did researchers get around to asking nonathletes the same question. In results published online in February, 2009 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exactly 2 of the 250 people surveyed in Sydney, Australia, said that they would take a drug that would ensure both success and an early death. “We were surprised,” James Connor, Ph.D., a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and one of the study’s authors, said in an e-mail message. “I expected 10-20 percent yes.” His conclusion, unassailable if inexplicable, is that “elite athletes are different from the general population, especially on desire to win.”
Check back later in the week for Sailing Anarchy’s carefully researched and written onclusion on the water problem. And in the meantime, let’s give new ISAF CEO Peter Sowery some props for at least getting a threat to move the racing on record.
August 24th, 2015 by admin
The anonymous piece We Suck published earlier this week contained a little tidbit you might have glossed over; the end of Paralympic sailing.
On 31 January, the International Paralympic Committee announced that Sailing got the boot from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The RYA immediately posted a statement decrying the decision and announcing their willingness to help try to reverse it. US Sailing published President Tom Hubbell’s willingness to do the same. Yet the reasons behind this big move remained largely secret – until ISAF published their own response nearly a week after the fact. As usual, ‘getting ahead of the story’ to ISAF means something different to ISAF than the rest of the world.
For those who delight in ISAF’s lunacy (and it’s been getting almost laughably dysfunctional lately), have a look at the ISAF statement. ISAF takes over the IFDS in November, and two months later, the IPC gives sailing the ease. Coincidence, or yet another example of ISAF’s ‘reverse midas touch’? You know how it works: Everything they touch turns to shit!
The ISAF Disabled Sailing Committee (IFDS) is profoundly disappointed by the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude sailing from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.IFDS responded in a timely and comprehensive manner to queries from IPC, with details of sailors that participate regularly in international regattas or national championships, on Paralympic boats. IFDS ensures an extensive quadrennial program of international competitions replicating the Olympic Program organized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), including ISAF Sailing World Cup. IFDS sanctions and organizes yearly Combined World Championships in the Paralympic classes.Development has resulted in the regular addition of new countries to competitive sailing. The process of merging with ISAF (with a membership of 139 Member National Authorities) was completed in November of 2014, with the main aim of opening a whole new field for the development of disabled sailing. During the period of pre-merging, ISAF always respected the independence of IFDS decisions. Through ISAF’s development programmes, worldwide participation initiatives and event structure, the opportunities for disabled sailing are better than ever before.
February 5th, 2015 by admin
As the Brazil ‘pre-pre-test event’ wraps up, one of our deep cover Olympic hopefuls tells us things are nowhere near as rosy in Rio as we’ve been led to believe. Neither we nor our source is looking to screw over the Olympic dream, but we’re not going to stand by while people get sick, either, and we don’t want anyone to forget that Rio’s Mayor has already said that plans to permanently reduce the shit levels in the Bay – currently some 200 times worse than US water quality levels – billed as a major legacy of the Games, would not happen. Like Russia and China, the Brazil games look to once again expose the IOC as a body that cares only about one thing: Cash.
Photo of a 49er crew taking an accidental and potentially dangerous swim in a feces-filled stretch of water near the Rio airport, and here’s our inside report:
This place IS NOT CLEAN, and after a bit of rain hit town, we saw some seriously horrendous shit in the water. The smell of poo as you sail into the harbor every day is revolting and like nothing any of us have experienced – but no one is allowed to talk about it, and we’re getting annoyed with a bunch of recent media that says how nice the water is. We have been told specifically NOT to talk to anyone about the pollution, and always to refer the matter to a higher authority. Even coaches are not allowed to have cameras aboard for fear they will capture dead animals or some of the other shocking stuff we’ve seen.
What is really happening is that people are getting sick. There are few things worse than knowing you ingested fecal matter -and all that might come along with it – on the race course. I’ve had the Rio Runs since day two. Does being an Olympian really mean you need to eat shit – literally?
This place is really beautiful, but I don’t think it’s right for all these people to be jumping on some kind of “Rio Is Clean” bandwagon when it’s the sailors and on-water staff who will suffer the consequences. While Organizers are making some effort, they must be spurred into action to do more than temporary fixes. Two of the main rivers that flow into Guanabara Bay – the ones that carry ALL the shit from all the hillside favelas – have been dammed up ust for our event. A few days after everyone is gone, they will open them back up, and locals expect the bay to become as bad as it has ever been – so bad that the government will shut down the beaches for days.
August 11th, 2014 by admin
Well, there you have it, folks. ISAF has shown that it knows exactly where its bread is buttered, once again selecting olympic class sailors over everyone else for the sport’s highest honor. Out of 40 recipients of the award since its inception, this marks the 25th and 26th time that Olympic class dinghy sailors have won. This year’s pick: I-470 helm Mat Belcher and I-470 helm and crew “Jolly” as its male and female ‘World Sailors of the Year’. That’s the same ISAF that, without funding from the International Olympic Committee and IOC partners, would consist of three old guys in an office wearing blue blazers and nice watches.
Neither of the teams selected for the award won an Olympics during the qualification period, because there was no Olympics. So what, exactly, did they do? They won their respective dinghy class Worlds in 2013, along with some other ISAF-pimped events that no one in the world – except for 470 sailors and their families – cares about, or will ever care about. Yes, they are great sailors, the best in the world in their classes. But the World Sailors of the Year? Gimmeafuckingbreak.
Hey, at least ISAF is consistent. Consistent in their ability to screw up anything they touch.
New name suggestion for next year’s award? The 2014 ISAF WORLD SAILOR OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE®.
November 12th, 2013 by admin