Golden 25 - #8 - Tokyo Troubleshooter John Coates

(ATR) The Australian is the IOC member with the most experience running a Summer Olympics.

(ATR) Australia IOC member John Coates will help guide Tokyo to the next stage of preparations for the 2020 Olympics.

Coates is number 8 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2016. Now in its 20th year, the survey ranks 25 individuals or events expected to have a major influence on the Olympics in the year ahead.

In the past year Coates has been a regular visitor to Tokyo where he has overseen an unprecedented reshuffling of Olympic venues from the original bid which has cut about $2 billion from the construction budget. This year Coates will keep an eye on the operations budget for the Games which may be subject to the same upward cost pressures for venues that demanded action under the IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

The Coates resume for Olympic Games experience is unrivalled on the IOC. He is the only current member with hands-on experience as an executive of a Summer Olympics, serving as a vice president for Sydney 2000. And complimenting that experience is his presidency of the Australian Olympic Committee since 1990 that has included a half-dozen stints as chef de mission.

He is one of the IOC’s experts in the law, heading the IOC Legal Affairs Commission and is president of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. That expertise could be put into play in the coming year as legal questions arise in the fallout of the athletics doping scandal in Russia.

Coates, 65, was elected to the IOC in 2001 under the age 70 retirement rule.

2015 ranking: 2

Written by Ed Hula.

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