A funny thing happened in ‘sports-land’ last week; an international sports federation leader didn’t think he was accountable to the billions his organisation serves.
I am regularly told not to focus on the negatives with these Watercooler pieces and rather highlight positives that reflect the positive emotion, power and benefits of sport. As much as I agree with the notion, it’s hard to move past the relentless tales of bollocks that the business of sport tends to throw up. I say business because one tends to find that behind most contentious issues lies money. This one is no different.
It’s been a busy but productive week!
Yesterday (Wednesday) was the day the Brussels summit on Fifa’s future took place in the European Parliament and I’m as proud as I could possibly be that I, on behalf of SKINS, was involved.
Yeah, yeah, I know I haven’t blogged for a while… I hope the silence hasn’t been too wonderful.
For several months I’ve been working on a project that’s taken ages to put together and perhaps now you’ll understand why.
There was a line in a recent newspaper article that got me thinking.
The dreadful incident which saw 298 innocent passengers and crew seemingly shot from the skies on flight MH17, was an abhorrent act. While there’s currently no certainty about who was responsible, the plane was brought down in an area of Ukraine which is occupied by Russian-backed rebels. Consequently, world leaders from all corners have pointed to the potential involvement of Russia itself – a nation that FIFA has triumphantly championed as a future host of the FIFA World Cup.
Wow, what a great World Cup! Tremendous football, exciting goals, the most worthy winners and a month-long spectacle that put the feel-good factor back on the face of world football. And then there was Luis Suarez. What a cast iron, A-1 pillock.
In my last blog I wrote about the optimism that is spreading through world cycling following the appointment of Brian Cookson as its new President. That ‘new broom sweeps clean’ message got me thinking; what about other sports?
At last! Cycling has a leadership its squillions of followers deserve and the sport’s damaged reputation is going to be tackled with all the integrity and commitment we expected from its new President, Brian Cookson.