Olympic movement faces hard decisions

From the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: “Here in Tokyo, Japan, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tees (ANOC) Gen­er­al As­sem­bly is tak­ing place against a back­drop of tur­moil in the cor­ri­dors of pow­er. Yet again the fo­cus on forg­ing the way for­ward for sport is dis­tract­ed by the tra­vails of sports pol­i­tics.

There are Olympic venues to vis­it, meet­ings with po­ten­tial train­ing camp venues in ad­di­tion to the se­ri­ous busi­ness of prepar­ing the Olympic move­ment for a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

That "the seas are rough" is not an un­der­state­ment or cliche but tur­moil is be­cloud­ing the wa­ters mak­ing the vi­sion a dif­fi­cult task. Out­ing fires that nev­er seem to go out.

Mem­bers of the Olympic sports move­ment are pulled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.”

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2018 UMMAF National Team Heads to the IMMAF World Championships

“The UMMAF National Team is chosen each year at the UMMAF National Championship Tournament.  Champions and the runner ups are eligible to compete in several international events, gaining invaluable experience.  

UMMAF National Director Ryan Brueggeman states, “I couldn’t be more proud of these athletes.  The dedication it takes in and out of the gym to attend these tournaments is herculean.  Not only must they train but they also put significant efforts into fund raising.  It’s worth it if you take it seriously.  There is no other event in the world that will test your readiness for a professional career.  These fighters compete against the best in  the world.  If you walk out of that tournament as a medalist and even better, a champion, then you have used the ultimate measuring stick available to determine your readiness.  While many athletes turn professional for $300 paychecks per fight, many of our champions, by virtue of competing with the best athletes in the amateur ranks, have leveraged that experience into much more lucrative contracts with larger promotions. ”

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Image: ummaf.org

Image: ummaf.org

US Olympic Leaders Scope Out Denver

From 9News: “Colorado’s powerbrokers are meeting with United States Olympic Committee leaders in Denver Tuesday, trying to keep a Denver bid for the 2030 Winter Games alive despite opposition from Governor-Elect Jared Polis.

Denver is now one of two U.S. cities vying for the 2030 Winter Games, after the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition pulled its bid Monday, a move first reported by the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The visit comes amid a growing number of potential bid cities that are cooling on the idea of becoming hosts for the largest mega-sporting event in the world.

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Image: Denver.org

Image: Denver.org