The articles are as follows:
Calvin Coolige's Ghost: Nick Symmonds' Spirit Animal
This comes from Wire Sports written by Alan Abrahamson and looks at the Symmonds story of being left off the US team for Beijing WC from a different point of view. It disagrees with the current reporting on CBS and Symmonds' own story,that USATF is only sharing 8% of their revenue with athletes. It also disagrees with some of Nick's statements about the current situation.
2.IAAF have to understand why the public doesn't trust them and it's up to the new president to restore trust by Nick Butler on Inside the Games published Aug. 10, 2015. In this article, Butler provides a rather pessimistic view on the world body and its future. Presidential election next week to decide on Coe or Bubka as the new leader. Good luck.
3. Conte Says Coverup Protected Big Stars at Seoul Games by Ed Odeven staff writer for The Japan Times. This article is by far the most interesting although the title would make you think it is not timely. However it is an interview with Victor Conte , ex-con (4 months) and former director of BALCO the testosterone provider to a number of well known athletes. Apparently he has been asked to be a consultant to help weed out the cheaters (It takes one to know one?) by none other than Dick Pound the Canadian who was a co-founder of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). When Pound took Conte's ideas to the present director of WADA, the idea was rejected. Odeven quotes Conte indicating that WADA is as corrupt as the cheaters and was only created to protect sponsor investment in the sport. It would not benefit the sport for a mass scandal to erupt. It in fact would be a death knell. Anyway, take a read and draw your own conclusions. It also explains in layman's terms some of the testing procedures and use of data from past tests to nail cheaters.
4.Nick Symmonds, Another View by Sports Illustrated by Tim Laydon
A number of readers have expressed concern that the article by Alan Abrahamson was biased against Nick Symmonds, so we have added this article by Tim Laydon writing for Sports Illustrated.
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