Early this month the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected
Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the upcoming 2016 Summer
Olympiad. Rio received more votes than the other three final
candidate cities of Madrid, Tokyo and my favorite host city choice,
Was Rio’s selection as simple as the
IOC finally awarding a Games to a South American city/country, as
has often been cited? Or was there more involved in the decision,
as we learned of Chicago’s failed bid in the very first round
While this review is intended as such and
not an editorial, INSIDE THE OLYMPICS offers the rare
opportunity to unveil some of the mysteries of the IOC and a
close-up look at many of the personalities involved in the Olympic
movement from a very insider perspective.
Dick Pound is an Olympian’s Olympian.
As a swimmer, he finished sixth in the 100 Freestyle and fourth in
the 400 Medley Relay for his home country Canada at the 1960 Rome
Olympics. His service as a member of the IOC began over 30 years
ago. As a longtime Executive Board member, he has been at the heart
of today’s modern television negotiations, marketing and
INSIDE THE OLYMPICS takes on topics
that are hard subjects and newsworthy, including the subjective
judging found in numerous sports, doping, politics and terror,
human rights, sponsorship, television rights, the selection of
hosts cities and the passing along of IOC presidential
Pound writes in a very candid, serious (as
are the subjects) and often humorous manner. His storytelling is an
important behind the scene history lesson and record of the modern
Olympic movement from someone who has lived it extensively and is
exceeding qualified to write on the subjects.
As founding president of the World Anti
Doping Agency in 1999-2007, Pound was a leading voice in the world
pertaining to combating doping in sport. In 2001, Pound ran
unsuccessfully to become the eighth president of the IOC replacing
Juan Antonio Samaranch. Instead the position went to, the
recently re-elected until 2013, Jacques Rogge, making him the
fourth IOC president whom Pound had served under.
Dick Pound served as Chancellor of
McGill University in Montreal from 1999 until just this past year.
He is a senior partner in the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montreal
where he specializes in tax accounting. Currently his Olympic
involvement is focused on his role as a director of the 2010
Vancouver organizing committee.
Does INISIDE THE OLYMPICS
tell us why Rio was chosen over Chicago for 2016? Well, not
However Dick Pound will be speaking at the
David B. Falk Center for Sport Management on the campus of Syracuse
University on Oct. 25. His subject is titled ‘Decision
2016-An Insider’s Look at How it Happened and What it