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  • truthmaker
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    www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7713-2293662,00.html

    Extract from the above Times Article

    "THE surest sign that an institution is heading towards the knacker’s yard is when it becomes paranoid about negative publicity. The Home Office, for example, is reported to have trebled its number of press officers since 1997 in the comical belief that it can spin its way out trouble.

    UK Athletics (UKA) is treading the same deluded path. It is spending more than £500,000 a year on PR and communications and has slapped gagging orders on its athletes in the form of contracts, in the desperate hope that it might serve to conceal the wretched state of a once thriving sport."

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  • deuch
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    Re: Has the Pidgeon Been Shot Down?

    Originally posted by EPelle
    Collins said: "An expectation of selection is that all team members travel with, and are part of, the team preparation process.

    "Emily's coach and parents do not feel that this is appropriate. Ensuring the team travel to the preparation camp is part of a long-term strategy.

    "It is disappointing that a talented athlete such as Emily will not be part of the Great Britain team competing in the World Junior Championships and I hope that in future Emily will be able to part of the team."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.j ... athl01.xml

    Sounds like Pidgeon may not go to Beijing.
    Perhaps Kenya can afford to take a half strength squad by insisting on attendance in compulsory training camps I was not aware that the UK had so many athletes that it wanted to artificially reduce its team strength.

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  • Zat0pek
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    This reminds me of the story of how Christian Okoyo came to play football.

    In 1984, he was attending Azusa Pacific as a discus thrower. He was selected to the Nigerian Olympic team. But, despite the fact he was already in the same zip code as the Olympic Stadium, the Nigerian Olympic committee demanded that he fly from California to Nigeria for the sole reason of boarding a plane with the Nigerian team to . . .fly back to California. Unwilling to fly to Africa, and BACK, so close to the Olympics, he wasn't selected for the team.

    And thus he became a 1,000 yard rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  • EPelle
    started a topic Has the Pidgeon Been Shot Down?

    Has the Pidgeon Been Shot Down?

    Collins said: "An expectation of selection is that all team members travel with, and are part of, the team preparation process.

    "Emily's coach and parents do not feel that this is appropriate. Ensuring the team travel to the preparation camp is part of a long-term strategy.

    "It is disappointing that a talented athlete such as Emily will not be part of the Great Britain team competing in the World Junior Championships and I hope that in future Emily will be able to part of the team."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.j ... athl01.xml

    Sounds like Pidgeon may not go to Beijing.
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