sport news – Olympics: Coates backs Thorpe on call to ban medal targets
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates has backed Ian Thorpe’s name for an finish to medal targets on the Video games to ease the stress on athletes.
The AOC has set, however not met, targets of top-five finishes within the medals desk on the final three Summer time Video games, whereas particular person sports activities have additionally had their very own targets.
Former champion swimmer Thorpe, Australia’s most embellished Olympian, instructed a sports activities discussion board that athletes free of the targets would put in performances that led to medals anyway, and Coates agreed.
“Ian and the AOC are utterly at one on this topic,” Coates mentioned in a media launch on Wednesday.
“In November 2016, the AOC Govt absolutely endorsed the place that no targets be set in our Program and Funding Pointers for each Tokyo 2020 Summer time Video games and in addition this 12 months’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Video games.
“We actively stepped away from setting targets for the very causes that Ian has rightly raised in latest days.”
Lengthy-serving boss Coates has been much less equivocal about medals targets up to now, and complained on the 2016 Rio Video games that Australia had failed to attain its marks whereas blaming the federal government’s funding company for the disappointing outcomes.
Australia completed 10th on the medals desk at Rio with 29 medals, its lowest haul at a Summer time Video games in 24 years.
The nation grabbed three medals on the Winter Video games in Pyeongchang in February, matching the haul from Sochi 4 years earlier.
“With no targets set, the athletes had been within the place to precise themselves,” Coates mentioned of Pyeongchang.
“Consequently, we equalled the variety of medals received with three first time medal winners and we recorded extra high six outcomes than in any earlier Video games.”
Australia completed 23rd within the Pyeongchang medals desk, one higher than Sochi however nicely off their 2010 better of 13th at Vancouver.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Modifying by ….