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, Chicago.
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 of voting?
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 sponsorships.
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 leadership.
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 exactly.
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 Means.’