The Australian Olympic Team brought to you by Gina Rinehart

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Gough

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Per the Guardian blog.

Australian Olympic Committee will partner with Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting​


The Australian Olympic Committee has partnered with Gina Rinehart’s mining company, Hancock Prospecting.

In a media release today the AOC said the “innovative and important partnership” would run until 2026, through the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Paris 2024 summer games, and the 2026 Milan-Cortina winter olympics, as well as the youth olympic games at Gangwon in 2024 and Dakar in 2026, and the Pacific games in 2023.

And Rinehart made a pitch for reduced government regulation on new developments ahed of the Brisbane games in 2032.

AOC President John Coates says he “greatly welcomes” the partnership.

This is a major commitment to Australian sport. We welcome and thank Mrs Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting for this investment. On the eve of farewelling our Team to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the timing is perfect.

There is no coincidence that the strong support of Mrs Gina Rinehart for many of our athletes in Tokyo yielded excellent results. There were so many golden moments and success in the pool, our rowers had a wonderful Games, as did our beach volleyballers.

While delighted that this partnership will assist with our Teams at future Games, I am also extremely grateful for the ongoing support for so many athletes at the grassroots. While that support is separate to this arrangement, it is a remarkable illustration of Mrs Gina Rinehart’s commitment to Australian sport at all levels. Along with our artistic swimmers, our swimmers, rowers and beach volleyballers will continue to benefit from this investment. She’s a great Australian who shares our Olympic values and philosophies.

The AOC is proudly independent of government. We neither receive nor seek federal funding for our day-to-day operations. We are grateful to have the support of Mrs Gina Rinehart, Hancock Prospecting and all our partners to ensure we retain that independence,” Mr Coates concluded.

Rinehart said:


Our company has been a long-term supporter of the summer Olympic sports of artistic swimming, rowing and volleyball for many years, and specifically over 30 years for swimming. We are so proud to help our great Olympians who are such inspirations, through their hard work, most do not really know how hard they work, dedication, focus and self-discipline, as they endeavour to represent our country to the best of their ability. The traits these role models show in my view, are important for us all, if we wish to succeed in life and business.

We are delighted to take the next step in our long-term support of Australia’s best athletes and become an official Australian Olympic Committee partner, an organisation admirably independent of Government funding and aligned to our values at the Hancock Group.

At Hancock we believe it is important that if there is government funding to other sporting bodies, that it be strictly applied to support the Olympians and future Olympians, their coaches and training requirements and participation in sport. We believe government or sponsor funds should be used to ensure sport is at the service of the community and the athletes, and much tighter scrutiny of taxpayers and sponsors funds would assist.

And the kicker, of course:



As Australia looks to hosting an Olympic Games in ten years, it will be important for our country to be open to investment and reduce the regulatory burden that impacts development needed to help make Queensland shine and the Games a success.
In future if you find yourself looking up sportswashing in the OED, parts of the above piece will feature strongly in the definition. It'll be hard to cheer for future Olympians knowing that their success is coming at the expense of the rest of us, which is a shame for them.
 

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Per the Guardian blog.

In future if you find yourself looking up sportswashing in the OED, parts of the above piece will feature strongly in the definition. It'll be hard to cheer for future Olympians knowing that their success is coming at the expense of the rest of us, which is a shame for them.

let's get real about the Olympics............it is corrupt

If this was an ordinary company, the organisation would no longer exist and the directors in jail. The fact that any athlete participates, the fact that Australia commits a team, the fact that people watch it reflects on our values as a society.
 

Rob R

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Perfect match for two reasons.

Rinehart and AOC both only care about money and parties for execs.

Rinehart and AOC both pander to China as money is worth more to them than human rights.

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