The last day of the IF Forum, the meeting of more than 100 international federations of Olympic and non-Olympic sport, is just beginning at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. THE INQUISITOR would have loved to continue talking to you on site, dear officials and consultants from the Olympic business, but unfortunately I was escorted out of the Olympic Museum yesterday by security.
"Private meeting", I was told at the end of a day in which I had many very good, civilised and informative conversations. Banned from the premises.
THE INQUISITOR was talk of town because of this article ...
... the revenge came immediately.
That's the Olympic reality. In any case, THE INQUISITOR will soon be publishing a major report on the experiences of two dozen journalists who take a close look at how sports federations and organisations, above all the IOC and FIFA, treat journalists and the media and how they consistently attack and suppress free reporting – with lies and threats, with disinformation, with targeted lockouts.
I wrote to the newly appointed IOC oldie at the head of SportAccord – Uğur Erdener, who is already in Montreal, busy with WADA (because there is so much to do and there are simply not enough younger officials who could take on such important positions, there must be people in multiple functions, you know) – yesterday after my expulsion:
Of course, we will always have different points of view on factual issues. And I do think that I have many arguments that you can hardly refute. We are not in the same boat. But well, I promised not to bore you any longer. So let's have a little competition, albeit with different means, the certain competition that media representatives and officials have to wage – the unfairness almost always comes from the side you represent. That has been well proven.
Best Olympic greetings!
Don't get me wrong. I also tweeted a bit yesterday ...
... but I'm just laughing at those idiots who kicked me out of the Olympic Museum. I've already experienced too much in all these years. Too many dismissals. Too many serious physical and legal threats. Once I even complained to the so-called IOC Ethics Commission – the physical threat at the time was worth this silly complaint, which is not taken seriously there anyway.
So I say cheerfully, that's a promise:
Came to stay! The INQUISITOR is not going away. Because your Olympic system needs proper inquisitions.
I was just thinking about my friend Andrew Jennings and an incident from the late summer of 1994. Some of you will know that the Olympic Congress was taking place in Paris at the time. Andrew had been declared persona non grata by the IOC and was to remain so until the beginning of 1999, when he was accredited to an event again for the first time.
Andrew sat in a café at the entrance to the congress meeting rooms in La Défense, and I brought him the documents and information for days. Back then, piles of paper were still being handed out, with all the silly speeches and promises of an ideal Olympic world. Nowadays we have other technical options.
So, d‚id the exclusion of journalists of this calibre ever achieve anything?
That's a rhetorical question. Because the answer is: of course not.
We were stronger than the Olympic empire. And we journalists who work in the tradition of Andrew Jennings will remain stronger. As unequal as the balance of power is: here the billions and the spin doctors and the expensive lawyers and the paid informers and the private investigators and the enormous pressure on the free press – there those who endeavor to do real journalism.
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Without us, without the small but ever-growing group of journalists who always try to take a very close look, the so-called reforms in the IOC would never have happened in 1999. Without us, a global good governance industry would never have emerged, which is largely controlled by the IOC at the political level (and is fake), and which generates millions in revenue for numerous lawyers and private investigators (not just the multi-contractor Richard McLaren) – for increasingly poor "investigation results", by the way.
Journalism remains. THE INQUISITOR remains.
And this is the moment when you – yes, you, who are reading this and are certainly an upright, honest official or observer of the Olympic movement – must show your colors.
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I just had a breakfast coffee with a nice secretary general of an Olympic IF who, by the way, hasn't booked yet but promised to do so soon. And I'm off to the next appointment in a moment. Not at the Olympic Museum, but somewhere else.
You know how you can contact the team of THE INQUISITOR. Keep the information coming. Always ready for any sensible discussion.
Insidethegames is clinically dead and in the hands of Russians. THE INQUISITOR comes at the perfect time. Stay tuned. You won't be able to avoid having to read us anyway – so you might as well book a business package.
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Happy Olympic greetings!