Friday, March 4, 2011
"I think more and more in modern sport that athletes are a pawn in what is a modern corporate sports game. It is what it is. Athletes are both expected or hoped that we will simply be OK with a pat on the head and shut up and run. It is like a disease that almost all Olympic sports bureaucrats fall into this classic position: It does not matter how my guys do, so long as it appears that I did all I could to help them. It does not actually matter how athletes perform – so long as the administration makes sure it appears on paper that they did everything possible. If an unpredictable performance happens and it is a good performance, the bureaucrats are all over it taking credit and appearing in pictures. And if it is a poor performance they exit stage right."