Eugene has defended its
role in winning the right to host the 2021 World Championships.
The American city, linked to sportswear firm Nike, was given the event by the IAAF without a bidding process, a decision being investigated in France.
Gothenburg, which missed out, described the process as “bad ethics”.
But Eugene said it “adhered to all ethical and legal standards for organising, presenting and advocating for our bid, according to IAAF rules”.
IAAF president and former vice-president Lord Coe severed his links to Nike after questions over his role in the decision.
But in a statement, Eugene said it had submitted identical bids for the 2019 and 2021 World Championships, losing out to Doha in 2019.
It added: “The decision to award the 2021 World Championships to Eugene was made by the IAAF Council in a vote of 23-1.”
French officials are already investigating corruption allegations involving former IAAF president, Lamine Diack, with Coe quitting the Nike payroll two days after a BBC story suggested he had held talks with Diack and Nike about the awarding of the 2021 event.
Coe, who was reportedly paid £100,000 a year by Nike, said at the time that he “did not lobby anyone” over Eugene’s bid, but simply “encouraged them to re-enter another bidding cycle as they had a strong bid”.
Gothenburg bid chief, Bjorn Erikkson, said awarding the World Championships to Eugene had made him “really upset and for very good reasons”.
He told Tidesports source World Service: “What happened is bad ethics at least and definitely not professional.
“In the worst of cases it maybe also criminal, if somebody were there influencing the process, and that’s a question that I really want a good answer to.”
The former police officer also said he was not sure if Gothenburg would re-enter the bidding process, should it be re-opened.
“It’s up to the Gothenburg people, they don’t want to answer that question until they know why the last procedure was so unacceptable,” he told Tidesports source.
“If you are going to make business with these people you wish to know if they are professional, honest and serious, otherwise maybe you don’t want to do business at all.”
Coe said that awarding a World Championships without a bidding process “was not without precedence” – the 2007 World Championships in Osaka was one such occasion.
But Erikkson described that as “nonsense”.
He added: “If you behave idiotically and unacceptably is it better if you do it twice rather than once? Secondly there are no arguments for doing this, because we who are engaged in the sport wished to have a transparent process, to do it in disguise is not acceptable.”
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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