Monday Memo: Queensland Olympic Pitch, U.S. Assembly

(ATR) Also on the calendar this week: sentencing for FIFA scoundrel … Tokyo Paralympics chefs briefing … surfing in Japan.

Queensland Team Scores IOC First

A delegation from Queensland will meet with IOC President Thomas Bach June 10 to lay out the developing plans for a 2032 Olympics in the southeastern region of the state. Brisbane would be the center of the proposal.

The group visiting the IOC headquarters in Lausanne are believed to be the first bid team to meet at the new edifice, which opened in June. The Queensland bid also appears to be the first out of the gate since the IOC adopted a new policy about bidding, also okayed in June.

The delegation from Australia will include IOC member and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates, who helped draft the new bidding rules. Others include Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Council of Mayors (SEQ) representative Mark Jamieson and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Ted O’Brien.

US Assembly Raise Reforms Flag

The annual U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly Sept. 12-13 will consider a range of reforms proposed in the wake of athlete abuse scandals at USA Gymnastics and other national governing bodies. More than 250 sports leaders are expected in Colorado Springs for the assembly. Breakout sessions with sports and athlete groups will cover changes being proposed to the governance and corporate philosophy of the USOPC.

The Board of Directors will meet on September 13 to consider what to do about the reform package which covers operations of the USOPC as well as the federal law which governsthe organization.

Around the Rings will have on the scene coverage of the assembly.

Tokyo Paralympic Team Leaders Briefing

The Chef de Mission Seminar for 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo will run from September 10-12 .

More than 250 representatives from national Paralympic committees are registered for the meeting.

At the close of the seminar on September 12, IPC Pres. Andrew Parsons will deliver the official invitation for the world’s Paralympians to come to Tokyo next year.

Jeffrey Webb Sentencing, Maybe

Jeffrey Webb, one of the dozens of ex-FIFA bosses snagged in the US government prosecution of money laundering and other financial crimes, is supposed to be sentenced September 10 in New York City.

The hearing in federal court is the ninth time Webb’s sentencing has been rescheduled since he pleaded guilty to bribery charges in 2015.

Webb, a citizen of Cayman Islands, could face a prison term and a fine in the US and deportation to the Caymans. Webb is a resident of the Atlanta area where his wife is a physician.

World Surfing Games in Japan

More than 240 surfers from around the world are competing this week in the 2019 edition of the ISA World Surfing Games.

Miyazaki, Japan is the location for the tournament which runs through September 15. The venue in southern Japan is about 1600 km from Tokyo.

The results of the competition will factor into qualification for the debut of surfing as an Olympic sport next July in Tokyo.

Reported by Ed Hula.