Australian team get their money’s worth
Of the Australian contingent of just under 500 athletes in Tokyo, Carroll said, “They have worked hard during the pandemic and their reward is qualifying, including many team sports which have driven the total number up.
“If an Australian team wins a medal in Tokyo, it will be listed as a single number on the medal table. But if the team is made up of, say, 12 players, it’s 12 medalists and 12 individuals who can inspire the nation and their communities.
Team sports have not received any “soft runs” either, with some being forced to qualify through strong regions, such as the 15-member women’s softball team coming out of competition in Asia and chosen to meet. host country Japan in Fukushima on Wednesday to open the Games.
Carroll acknowledged that the expectations of some athletes and teams are not high. “Of course we are not ranked well in some sports,” he said. “But with a multicultural country that values diversity and operates on ‘try’, why wouldn’t we want to celebrate and support those who represent Australia on the international stage? “
Asked about the 1150th ranked Australian rider in the world who was chosen before the top FEI ranked riders, Carroll stressed that these rankings had not been used for selection to any national team in the world, with Covid preventing an update for 18 months .
In addition, FEI rankings allow a rider with multiple horses to accumulate points in lucrative tournaments, while all Australian Equestrian Team Olympic nomination criteria involve a combination of a horse and rider.
Carroll rejected suggestions that the Australian team in Tokyo was funded directly by the taxpayer, pointing out that national sports federations, such as Athletics Australia, received grants from the federal government, while the AOC did not.
The AOC received a $ 90 million body of work from the Sydney Olympics Organizing Committee for forgoing its business opportunities at the Sydney Olympics and has since invested it wisely under the leadership of the former Liberal leader Federal, Dr. John Hewson.
He went on to fund Australian teams for every Summer and Winter Games since 1996, as well as the Youth Olympics and the Pacific Games, with the latter two tournaments rarely attracting sponsors.
Carroll revealed that the cost of landing the Australian team in Tokyo would be $ 22 million, funded by income from SOCOG investment, sponsorship, IOC grants (commensurate with the size of the contingent) and the call of the team, which is supported by the Australian company and the state. Governments.
“That’s a $ 2.4 million budget overrun to cover charters, health and wellness,” Carroll said. “The COA also renewed our direct athlete support of $ 2.5 million for 2021, which is in addition to team costs.
“Our athletes will inspire Australians young and old, for example, sending messages of perseverance and resilience. Isn’t that gold in itself?
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