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1 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
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50 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Tokyo 2020, Sport Politics and Athlete Voice with Caradh O’Donovan
The Tokyo Games start in just a few days after being delayed for one year. Hosts Noah and Bree welcome Irish karate athlete and World Champion kickboxer Caradh O’Donovan to address different stories surrounding this year’s controversial Olympic and Paralympic Games and why systems surrounding athlete representation must change. In this episode, we talk about… Caradh’s personal sport journey and her decision to not compete in the Tokyo Olympics How Caradh got involved in the Global Athlete Start-Up Group What Caradh personally hopes changes to improve the careers of individual athletes Why Caradh believes the Court of Arbitration of Sport is not the remedy to help athletes Issues with WADA’s testing system and why it needs to change Noah’s upcoming witness testimony for the Helsinki Commission and the Rodchenkov Act Why law enforcement and legislation is needed to stop institutional doping The impact of Rule 50 and whether athletes will protest during the Tokyo games Memorable Quotes: “The promise I made to myself was when I switched sportsI was going to try and stand up for any wrongdoing because it’s rampant in my sport...because there’s a lack of athlete voice.” “I think a good place to start is to have proper, adequate, independent athlete representation and I do hope that will make a better place for athletes and better change for everybody.” “There’s a number of human rights we’ve all been afforded and I absolutely believe in them, and that is freedom of expression, and that should be a given there should be no sport or organization on this planet that can just decide they’re going to change the rules because they’re that powerful.” Guest Bio: Caradh O’Donovan is a Global Athlete StartUp group member, Irish karate athlete, and a former world kickboxing champion. She is also an ambassador for the sports diversity charity Equity Sport and a weekly presenter of iScore on iRadio. Links to resources: Follow Caradh O’Donovan on Twitter @CaradhODonovan WADA: World Anti-Doping Agency Court of Arbitration for Sport Rodchenkov Act of 2019 Watch Noah's testimony for the Helsinki Commission on 21/7/2021 Follow Global Athlete on Twitter @GlobalAthleteHQ. Get in touch at email@example.com and join the movement at globalathlete.org.
76 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
New Independent Athlete Groups with Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, and Matt Biondi
Independent athlete organizations have been around for years but not all of them last long enough to make significant changes. Noah discusses two new groups with world class athletes Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, and Matt Biondi and their experiences of forming independent athlete groups in hopes of providing solutions and positive change for athletes worldwide. In this episode, we talk about… What led Christian to follow the footsteps of other athlete rights organizations and start Athletics Association How Christian got buy-in from other athletes and the response received when AA launched Christian’s goal to reach solutions by finding commonalities vs. focusing on adversity The leadership model of Athletics Association and how athletes make their voices heard What Christian’s experienced since forming an independent organization Why Christian believes Athletics Association might be the group to last and advice for anyone starting their own independent organization Why Emma believes a collection of experts is necessary for athlete representation The value of patience and endurance to keep working on the changes you want Ideal revenue model for Athletics Association and providing membership benefits that help make athlete lives better on and off the field What spurred the creation of the International Swimmers' Alliance Why Matt is returning to support swimmers after 25 years of leaving the sport How ISL came to be and its relationship with the International Swimmers' Alliance What athletes can expect from joining the International Swimmers' Alliance The biggest issue swimmers want addressed Whether or not athletes need to be more aggressive in seeking better representation How Matt decides next steps for the ISA and challenges for building a diverse membership Where Matt believes the ISA fits in the broader picture of Olympic sport and with other independent athlete groups Memorable Quotes: “Not all changes have to result from being hurt.” “It’s death by a thousand cuts against these systems; you have to be continually pushing and pushing if you want to slowly create change. You’re definitely going to get pushback more than you make forward progress.” Guest Bio: Christian Taylor is the President of the Athletics Association and is a four time world champion and two time Olympic champion in the triple jump. Emma Coburn is the Vice President of the Athletics Association and is a world champion and an Olympic bronze medalist in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Matt Biondi is Leader of the International Swimmers' Alliance and is an eleven time Olympic medal swimmer. Links to resources: Learn more about The Athletics Association at athleticsassociation.org. Learn more about the International Swimmers' Alliance at internationalswimmersalliance.org. Follow the Athletics Association on Twitter @WeAreTheSport, the International Swimmers' Alliance @IntSwimAlliance and follow Global Athlete @GlobalAthleteHQ. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and join the movement at globalathlete.org.
65 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Athlete Power and Representation in Professional Sports with Matt Graham and Paulina Tomczyk
Athletes must have a voice when it comes to athlete rights and players associations provide the opportunity for their voices to be heard and supported. Noah welcomes Matt Graham and Paulina Tomczyk to discuss what players associations are and why they’re so necessary in today’s world of sport. In this episode, we talk about… What a player association is and examples of players associations The main mission of player associations when it comes to athlete representation and accountability Why new player associations and unions receive backlash and often struggle Common issues for athletes with amateur status How just cause and culture can influence the formation of player organizations How large players organizations operate and support athletes Revenue models for both large and small players associations Why EU Athletes and other umbrella organizations exist World Players Association and how unions benefit from this group The relationship between World Players Association and the IOC Why it’s possible for smaller sports to have strong players associations Memorable Quotes: “When the players realize as a group they enjoy considerably more power than they have as individuals, they’re actually in a strong position to negotiate the terms and conditions of their work and they’re broader livelihoods.” Guest Bios: Australian freestyle skier Matt Graham is the Director of Legal and Player Relations for the World Players Association. Paulina Tomczyk is the General Secretary of EU Athletes, the European federation of player unions and athlete associations, and is also an Executive Committee Member of World Players Association. Links to resources: #CompeteLikeaMother EU Athletes World Players Association IOC The Cyclists Alliance Follow World Players Assoiation on Twitter @WorldPlayersUtd, EU Athletes @EUAthletes, Paulina @PauTomczyk and follow Global Athlete @GlobalAthleteHQ. Get in touch at email@example.com and join the movement at globalathlete.org.
67 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Current Athlete Representation Models with Beckie Scott and Han Xiao
Just because you’re elected to a position of power doesn’t mean you can make the changes you want. Beckie Scott joins Noah to discuss her experiences with both the WADA Athlete Committee and IOC Athletes’ Commission and the ups and downs of athlete representation and power in international sport governance. In this episode, we talk about… What drove Beckie to get involved in the WADA Athlete Committee and IOC Athletes’ Commission Details about Beckie’s experience within WADA AC What professional support Beckie received while working with WADA AC Why Beckie chose to become a part of the IOC AC An insider’s perspective about the power, loyalty and perks given to IOC AC’s members The influence of the IOC AC over WADA Making athletes feel important vs. listening to and acting on athlete’s concerns What Beckie believes is the only way athletes can shape the future of sport Memorable Quotes: “It was really important that athletes know that we weren’t aligned with the leadership and the decision-making body at that time, that we felt very strongly on behalf of athletes that this was not representative of their rights and was not representative of clean sport and the right direction to go at all.” “I think the future does lie with independent organizations...either the NOC Athlete Commissions becoming independent or the international federations...are really good starts and are probably gonna shape the way forward.” Guest Bio: Beckie Scott is an Olympic gold and silver medalist in cross-country skiing. She was a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee from 2005-2018, during which time she also served as chair of the committee, and she served on WADA’s Foundation Board and on the WADA Executive Committee. In 2006, she was also elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. She served a full 8-year term ending in 2014. She’s also worked for the Canadian Olympic Committee and was on the board of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee. In 2019, she was officially appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Links to resources: Beckie Scott World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ CommissionFollow Rob on Twitter @RobKoehler2 and follow Global Athlete @GlobalAthleteHQ. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and join the movement at globalathlete.org.
47 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
The Current Landscape in Olympic and Paralympic Sport with Rob Koehler
Without athletes, the Olympic and Paralympic Games would not be possible. Noah talks with Rob Koehler about why it’s imperative to understand athletes’ rights and why more accountability is needed in both the IOC and Court of Arbitration for Sport. In this episode, we talk about… The emotional story of Navid Afkari Athlete activism in Belarus Relationship between IOC Athletes’ Commission and the IOC Rule 50 and it’s current implications for Olympic/Paralympic athletes Double standard of how athletes are treated vs. IOC members IOC financial priorities and why Global Athlete is pushing to abolish Rule 40 Issues with Court of Arbitration for Sport What happened to British hammer thrower Mark Dry Impending problems of the Tokyo Games and what it means for athletes’ safety Memorable Quotes: “Athletes that want to see better communities, want to stand up for social, racial justice—are being told that they can’t do it, and if they are going to do it—we’ll tell you when you can do it. And that is not freedom of expression. You cannot tell someone when they can’t speak up and when they can speak up.” “If we’re going to look at the entire anti-doping system, we can’t look at things in silo, we need to look at it as a complete picture, and one of those pieces of the pie is the Court of Arbitration of Sport.” Guest Bio: Rob Koehler is the Director General of Global Athlete and formerly the Deputy Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a strong independent voice for athlete rights. Links to resources: IOC United for Navid Campaign IOC Athletes’ Commission Olympic Commercialization and Player Compensations: A Review of Olympic Financial Reports WADA: World Anti-Doping Agency Court of Arbitration for Sport Follow Rob on Twitter @RobKoehler2 and follow Global Athlete @GlobalAthleteHQ. Get in touch at email@example.com and join the movement at globalathlete.org.
61 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Overview and History of International Sport Governance with Prof. Jules Boykoff
The Olympics are no doubt an iconic sports staple and whether watching gymnasts tumble across an arena or skiers flying down the slopes, chances are you’ve watched—and probably cheered for—an Olympic event. Professor Jules Boykoff joins Noah Hoffman to break down the history of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and share the impact of some remarkable highs and lows of the modern Olympic games. In this episode, we talk about… Pierre Coubertin’s vision and who he wanted to participate in the Olympics How athletes fit into the Olympic story throughout history Peter O’Connor’s activism at the 1906 Olympics Alice Milliat’s alternative Olympics for women The lasting influence of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1968 How the IOC leverages sanctions against athletes in present day IOC’s governance structure and accountability 4 Trends of Olympic host cities: high spending, militarization, displacement and eviction, greenwashing How the United Nations addresses the democracy deficit of the IOC The state of exception the IOC thrives on vs. state of emergency in Japan for upcoming summer games Memorable Quotes: “All to often, those stories of fighting back on the part of principled athletes who weren’t happy with the way the Olympics were being organized, get shuffled under the historical rug….Athletes have been standing up to those in power...and standing up for their freedoms and their political beliefs.” “Athletes have a tremendous amount of leverage if they act in unison, if they act in concert, and if they have a good plan going in.” Guest Bio: Jules Boykoff writes on a range of subjects, including political activism, the Olympic Games, and climate change. Boykoff holds a Ph.D. in political science from American University. He currently teaches political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of four books on the Olympics—NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Beyond (Fernwood, 2020), Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso, 2016), Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014), and Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013). Links to resources: Jules Boykoff “A Bid for a Better Olympics” New York Times (13 August 2014) Join the movement for athlete driven change across the world of sport at globalathlete.org.
3 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Global Athlete Podcast features in-depth conversations about international sport governance, athlete rights, and the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Hosted by Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman with weekly contributions from Olympic bobsledder Bree Schaaf, the podcast centers athletes in the politics of sport. Guests include experts and activists covering topics such as athlete agency, welfare, and power; the IOC as a political institution; the differences between professional sport leagues and Olympic sport; and more. New episodes come out every Tuesday.
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