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CORRUPTION – FIFA – OLYMPICS – IAC – and the list goes on …

May 30, 2011
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Thought of the Day …
… kickbacks at the highest level of sport Administration – what would be a suitable punishment …

The recent controversy over the reported FIFA kickbacks at the highest delegate level – can only give reason to look at all forms of International Sport where delegates vote on venues.

There are $100’s millions invested throughout the bidding process to host these global sporting events – and in terms of winning with your bid – if delegates can be bought – then they will be bought.

First of all – what is a kickback – school fees being paid – holidays – airfares – all under the guise of inspection tours – what about the straight up brown envelope – or a night on the town with high-class private and happy ending’s at the end of the night –

There is no level in which a kickback can be delivered.

Where is the line drawn – human nature is to abuse one’s position to their own advancement and that puts all delegates with a vote – and those who can form a block vote – in a very strong position to determine where games venues will be decided.

In this recent FIFA matter – each of the FIFA delegates will present evidence that they have not taken a bribe of a kickback – yet if one was to scrutinise the expenditures of the bidding Nations – and asked them to account under oath and threat of goal terms if they perjured themselves – every delegate would offer conflicting testomony.  And it is so for all sports.  

Finding evidentury proof other than testomony would be a nightmare – and cash being the most untraceable – and perhaps the only real ‘kickback’ any self regulating body considers a bribe or a kickback – is hard to find if cash stashed  in some safe deposit or foreign Bank account. How long did it take Swiss Banks to cough up the $800 million Mubarak had stashed away – and then only under sanction pressure to do so.

Around the Globe there are Annual GAmes in almost every Olympic sport – then there are the Bi-Annual and four-year Games – World Cup Soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Commonwealth and Olympic Games – there are many and Cities from all over the world all bidding to host these games.

In fact – Delegate spending is a large expense factor in any budget that is submitted for a Games bid on any of these sports. Delegates not only make their living from the sports Administration revenues – their incomes are supplemented by the amounts paid throughout the bidding process. Why is this so universally accepted? Why do bidding Nations partake – they are just as corrupt in the process and that then begs to ask – what else they are fiddling when it comes to reporting annual expenditures.

It’s a cesspool … and as in all things involving large amounts of money – gambling plays a big part. Are delegates also being bought based on large bookmaker positions on game venues being offered as a gambling alternative.

This is a storm in a teacup – its fate already decided – its fall guy already preparing and received his token redundancy payment to tackle the fall – it’s a setup and the real power brokers once again will escape untouched and unharmed.

  1. April 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

    You really make it seem really easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really one thing that I feel I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely large for me. I’m looking forward for your subsequent post, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

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