Currently there is an interesting conundrum in Australian Olympic sport. The failure of the Australian Olympic team to achieve its target of the top five on the medal table at the Rio Olympics has raised questions about the suitability of medal targets. This failure was put down to the inadequate funding by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and athletes not coping with the intense pressures of Olympic competition and medal expectations. It is more difficult to win Olympic medals since the Sydney Olympics due to countries like Great Britain, China and former Soviet Union countries increasing their share of medals. Since the Rio Olympics, there has been a softening of medal targets. Recently triple Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe argued against medal targets by stating “It puts an immense amount of pressure on athletes around something they have no control over”. AOC president John Coates apologised to the AOC Athletes … [Read more...] about How should we judge funding of Australian Olympic athletes and teams?
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U.S. Olympic athletes are looking at forming a union. That's the takeaway from the most recent Athletes' Advisory Council meeting in Chicago, where a notoriously tenacious union boss sat in to council members during the discussion with leadership. What are the details? Across the room from newly hired U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland, sat Don Fehr, who — in his own words — has "spent 40 years representing elite athletes," the Wall Street Journal reported. Fehr is currently the executive director of the NHL Players Association, and according to Slate, he earned a name for himself as "the man that won the battles that established the "[Major League Baseball Players Association's] dominion over the sport." The presence of Fehr at the Olympians' meeting signals the athletes are poised to organize in their efforts to achieve higher leverage and earning potential from an organization that has been plagued by scandal and mismanagement. Han Xiao, chairman of the … [Read more...] about US Olympic athletes considering forming a union
PANO – Three Vietnamese athletes have won tickets to compete in the 2016 World U20 Championships in Athletics in Poland this July after pocketing medals at the Asian Junior Athletics 2016 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City. At this tournament, Nguyen Thi Truc Mai bagged a gold medal in the women’s long jump event while Phuong Anh won a silver medal in the women’s 400m hurdles. Especially, athlete Le Tu Chinh snatched a gold medal in the women’s 200m event with a time of 23.94 second, just 0.74 second short of the A standard of the Olympic Rio 2016 (23.20 second). Translated by Hong Thanh … [Read more...] about Vietnamese athletes to compete in Asian Junior Athletics 2016
PANO - The Ministry of Defense (MoD) organized a ceremony to honor military Olympians who took part in the Olympic Rio 2016. Addressing the ceremony on August 30 in Hanoi, Lieutenant General Tran Don, Deputy Minister of Defense, hailed and congratulated the athletes for their outstanding achievements in the games and gave a special congratulation to marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, who won the historic gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event and one silver at the men’s 50m pistol shooting event. In the games, apart from marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, other Vietnamese military athletes were swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien and Judo athlete Van Ngoc Tu. In acknowledgement of their great achievements at the games, the State President presented the First-Class Labor Order to marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, and the Minister of Defense presented certificates of merit to the two remaining athletes while the General Staff rewarded them in cash. At the ceremony, General Don handed over the … [Read more...] about MoD honors military Olympians in Olympic Rio 2016
Some Olympic athletes could be at risk while training and competing because of heart defects or dysfunction that they may not even know about, Italian researchers say. About 4 percent of the Italian athletes studied over a 10-year period with MRI and CT scans as well as electrocardiograms (ECG) had cardiovascular disorders – a higher proportion than researchers expected to find. “Even though it’s a small percentage with abnormalities, the implications can be huge,” said lead author Dr. Antonio Pelliccia, scientific director of the Institute of Sports Medicine of the Italian National Olympic Committee in Rome. “Athletes may be healthy, but they may not be safe from certain risks such as sudden death syndrome.” Pelliccia and colleagues looked at screening results for more than 2,300 athletes during the period between the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. As part of the heart screening process, the Italian medical team … [Read more...] about Olympic athletes have heart problems, too