Periodically, SwimSwam informs you about the biggest news around the Olympic and Paralympic world, outside of water sports. Read on to learn more about a major COVID-related cancellation, the corruption surrounding the Rio 2016 bid, and a suspended track star arguing her case online.
Cancellation of the 2021 World University Winter Games
The World University Winter Games are the first major sporting event to be canceled due to the new COVID-19 variant.
The Games were scheduled to take place December 11-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The event was however already postponed from January 2021.
The move came after Switzerland imposed new restrictions on travelers from several countries where the Omicron variant was found. Several of the participating countries such as Australia and the Netherlands were reportedly subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entering the country.
The country is also seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, with an average of almost 7,000 new cases per day – a rate of more than 80 per 100,000 population.
Students from more than 500 schools in more than 50 counties were scheduled to compete, according to the Associated Press. Foreign sports officials and broadcast staff were also reportedly subject to restrictions.
“We are devastated and sorry that we cannot welcome athletes from all over the world, who are preparing intensely for their competitions,” he added. Guido Graf, said the president of the organizing committee.
The next winter event is scheduled for 2023 in New York City. The next summer event, postponed from April 2021, is expected to begin in China in June 2022.
Rio 2016 boss sentenced to 30 years for buying host votes
The former president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Carlos arthur nuzman, was sentenced to nearly 31 years in prison for buying votes for Rio to win the 2o16 Olympics.
Nuzman, 79, has been convicted of bribery, criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion, according to The Guardian. Nuzman will not go to jail until his appeals are heard.
The former governor of Rio was also sentenced by the same judge Sergio Cabral, Managing Director of Rio 2016 Operations Leonard Gryner, and a businessman named Arthur soares. Investigators said the four worked together to bribe Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federation, and his son, to get votes.
Cabral – who has been jailed since 2016 due to other incidents – said two years ago that he “paid around $ 2 million in exchange for up to six votes at the meeting of the International Olympic Committee which awarded to Rio the Olympic and Paralympic Games ”.
The former governor also said he paid Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack an additional $ 500,000 in an attempt to secure three more votes, but Diack denied the allegations. The two Diacks were sentenced to several years in prison (the oldest on another corruption case involving Russian doping), but plan to appeal.
Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid were the other finalists for the 2016 Games. The investigation into the Rio vote began in 2017 after a French newspaper reported that IOC members were bribed days before the decision.
Suspended American Runner Starts Website, Fundraising
Shelby houlihan, a running star in the United States, has launched a website to promote his point of view to the public – and raise funds – by appealing his current suspension.
Houlihan was sentenced to a four-year suspension in January 2021 for testing positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, rendering her ineligible for the 2021 and 2024 Olympics. She is the US women’s race record holder of 1 500 and 5,000 meters.
Houlihan blamed the positive test on eating a contaminated pork burrito, as nandrolone can naturally be found in pork organs. According to Houlihan’s site, she ate a burrito (carne asada, which is beef) about 10 hours before her test at a Mexican food truck that also served pork that night.
The GoFundMe, called “Help Shelby Fight to Prove Her Innocence,” has a goal of $ 300,000 and has raised over $ 12,500 so far. Its website, ClearShelby.com, includes supporting documents.
More than a handful of swimmers have tested positive for nandrolone in the past two decades, but it appeared more frequently before 2009.