Agenda to nowhere unless the IOC votes for ‘New Olympics’

Writer: Gianni Merlo, President of the AIPS | Photo: Getty Images The mayor of Rome’s choice not to run for the 2024 Olympics less than one year before the final act wasn’t just only a hard knock for the credibility...

ICF reverses 2017 Canoe Sprint World Championships Program

By John Mason | Photo: taken from Vote Yes for Women's Canoe FB Page Yesterday the International Canoe Federation (ICF) reversed their 2017 World Championships Program which would have given an equal number of events for men and women. Gender equity...

“ISA and ICF request mediation by CAS over SUP”

ISA Press Release - The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) have requested the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to mediate new discussions over the governance of StandUp Paddle (SUP). SA President, Fernando Aguerre, said: “We are pleased that the issue regarding the governance of SUP,...

Mistake with results: Russia and the Czech Republic booted out of Olympic Finals

The Russian rift with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) widened after officials bungled results on day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Canoe Sprint. Following the completion of the semi finals the results showed Russian athlete Elena Aniushina (pictured...
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“SUP will continue to flourish around the globe under ISA leadership”

ISA Press Release - Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, edging out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold...

Bach’s double dream crucial after IOC bid inspectors declare a draw

By Keir Radnedge, AIPS PARIS, May 16, 2017 - He couldn’t rule it in and he couldn’t rule it out. By the time Patrick Baumann and his fellow Olympic inspectors sit down to finalise their assessment of 2024 rivals Los...

A new bidding strategy for the Olympic Games

By Hein Verbruggen | Dutch honorary member IOC In my previous blog, I said that the lack of a long-term strategy and vision has blinkered the IOC in its ability to anticipate the current dearth of viable host cities for the...

Sports leaders need to stop talking and take action

Written by Gianni Merlo, AIPS President At present, sport has two faces - the first is sweet, attractive and exudes the positive emotions of Olympic competition, while the other is cruel, wrinkled and repulsive, linked to the corruption of...

‘My road to gold’ with Birgit Fischer – the most successful paddlesport athlete ever

Extract from the book 'MEIN WEG ZUM GOLD' by WPA Academy member Birgit Fischer. The first chapter of the book 'Das Gold Rennen' is about her 'Golden Race' at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, translated to English by Ulla...

IOC must make radical changes to bid process – maybe even self-organize future Games

By Gianni Merlo, AIPS President The IOC seems to be sailing full speed towards the choice of assigning two summer Olympics, for 2024 and 2028, in one swoop. President Thomas Bach is stubborn and wants to change the procedure quickly...
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