London 2012 u-turn on incentives offer | Leisure Opportunities
Leaderboard
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
The Eye Brand
Competitive
Orlando, FL, United States
Celtic Manor Resort
Competitive
Newport, United Kingdom
Swimming Nature
Competitive
Various, United Kingdom
Everybody Sport and Recreation
£23,166 - £26,080
Poynton, United Kingdom
job focus
The Gym Group
Highly competitive salary + c20% bonus + optional PT income
Nationwide, United Kingdom

London 2012 u-turn on incentives offer

Job opportunities
Everybody Sport and Recreation
£23,166 - £26,080
location: Poynton, United Kingdom
The Access to Sports Project
£23-£27,000
location: Hackney, London, United Kingdom
Sylvestrian Leisure Centre
Competitive salary + benefits
location: Snaresbrook, London, United Kingdom
more jobs

Chair of the London 2012 bid team, Sebastian Coe, has announced that a controversial programme of financial incentives aimed to help National Olympic Committees (NOCs) has been withdrawn.

The £15m package – which was launched at the SportAccord summit in Berlin – was aimed at assisting NOCs and athletes by subsidising flights, accommodation and the cost of training camps in the UK if London were to host the Games.

The proposals included giving all 15,000 athletes and team members free, open-ended economy class return flights to London at a cost of more than £10m. Coe also offered £30,000 for NOCs towards the cost of using designated training camps around Britain.

However, what started as a public relations coup and possible vote-winner suffered when the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Ethics Commission announced it was to investigate the plans as they were not specifically detailed in the bid book.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said he was keen to avoid “a bidding war” with candidate cities “lavishly making promises”. It was Rogge’s remarks which prompted the change of position said Coe, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: “If the president of the IOC openly says that he doesn’t want a bidding war, it would rather foolhardy of me not to reflect very clearly on those remarks.”

Coe denied that the move was an embarrassing climbdown and reiterated London’s commitment to a bid with athletes’ interests at its heart.

Coe labelled the decision a demonstration of “mature reflection”, adding he was unaware of any rule transgression, but was keen to avoid “running headlong into confrontation”.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Chair of the London 2012 bid team, Sebastian Coe, has announced that a controversial programme of financial incentives aimed to help National Olympic Committees (NOCs) has been withdrawn.
SAR
Seb-Tube-BTLRes.jpg
employer of choice
John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery.