Picspam: Lest we forget.
The phrase “lest we forget” gets thrown about a lot more as Australia, New Zealand and Turkey approach ANZAC Day. But on the eve of this year’s ANZAC Day, there is something else – or rather, someone else – who we need to remember.
This week, former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch passed away at the age of 89.
Samaranch took office in the IOC in 1980, in time for the West’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics and for Eastern contingent’s boycott of the games in LA 4 years later.
During his tenure, Samaranch pushed for the idea of shying away from a politics of division towards a politics of universalism. There were circumstances beyond his control, but in the end, the number of countries participating in the Olympics rose during his tenure, and the concept of “sports without border” became an Olympic ideal we all aspire to.
Moreover, his understanding of the importance of sponsorship and broadcasting deals turned the IOC from an organisation nearing bankruptcy by 1980 into the central authority for an industry that has generated massive profits since 1984.
And as such, we will remember him.
Samaranch was to be cremated and then laid to rest on Friday near Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium. Rafael Nadal attended his funeral as the pallbearer.
“I came here above all to support the (Samaranch) family and show appreciation for everything he did for our sport.
“He was able to revolutionise sport, until he became one of the most important people in the international Olympic movement. “He will always stay in our thoughts.” – Rafael Nadal
On a lighter note, Roger Federer has arrived in Rome for the Rome Masters, taking the time to familiarise himself once more with the centre court.
Original recipe sighting!
Roger then did the honour of cutting up Rafa’s Davis Cup uniform a red and yellow tape to open the new Nike store in Rome.
“Anna said we fashionable people, we don’t call this grey. We call it pewter.”
Lookin’ fine, Mister.