#ICYMI: Paris 2024 at Ryder Cup; Tokyo Volunteers; Craig Reedie on WADA Decision

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Paris 2024 Capitalise on Ryder Cup Opportunity

Paris 2024 leaders are using this week’s Ryder Cup to raise the profile of Olympic golf.

The world’s greatest golfers will contest the competition – the first Ryder Cup to be staged in France – from Friday to Sunday. It’s taking place at the Golf National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines course, venue for Olympic golf at the Paris Games.

French Olympic organizers say the Ryder Cup will allow them to deepen the collaboration between Paris 2024 and the sport’s key stakeholders, including the International Golf Federation and the French national federation.

On Tuesday, a Paris 2024 delegation led by CEO Etienne Thobois will visit the venue to meet Ryder Cup organisers and officials from both golf bodies.

Paris 2024 sports director Jean-Philippe Gatien and Anthony Piqueras, director of venues and infrastructure will also tour the facilities. They will discuss many issues common to both events, including infrastructure and overlay, athlete services, transport, accessibility, crowd management, media operations, logistics and security.

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Tokyo 2020 Opens Volunteer Recruitment

Tokyo 2020 organizers deny that they are putting pressure on sponsors to recruit volunteers. But they say sponsors will be an important source of help for the Games.

Registration for Tokyo 2020 volunteers opened Sept. 26 with the organizing committee seeking to fill 80,000 spots. An additional 30,000 volunteers will be recruited by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to assist in managing the flow of the 2020 Olympics.

Organizers have expressed confidence in the recruitment process, despite multiple polls showing a lack of enthusiasm to volunteer.Last month, a satirical post criticizing the volunteer process by a student at Waseda University went viral. The postcriticized the Olympics as a billion dollar endeavorthat promotes unpaid labor to function.

Tokyo 2020 says it expects that many volunteers will be drawn from students at the universities in Tokyo.

Japan’s corporate sector is expected to be another pool of volunteers.Earlier this month the Nikkan Gendai reported that Tokyo 2020 sponsor Fujitsu had plans to recruit around 300 volunteers for the Games. The report said that there were around 2,000 individuals requesting to be a volunteer for the Games. With 45 domestic partners for Tokyo 2020, the report said that if each company sent 300 volunteers, 13,500 could be recruited

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Reedie Says Russia Decision Strengthens WADA

WADA president CraigReedie is defending the decision to reinstate RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency suspended in 2015. His open letter first appeared in The Times of London.

The ensuing scandal exposed a corrupted anti-doping system which WADA and other international bodies have been seeking to rehabilitate.

On Sept. 20,Reedie and the WADA Executive Committee voted 9-2 in favor of RUSADA reinstatement. The action is conditional upon WADA gaining access to the testing data of the suspended Moscow laboratory by Dec. 31.

Atheletes, NOCs as well as some national anti-doping agencies including USADA have assailed the decision.

Reedie explains the rationale for the WADA decision and the impact it will deliver in the fight against doping.

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