Imagine for a second Lebron James being on a special committee within the NBA. Say David Stern appointed Lebron to this committee and flew Lebron out to Barbados to hang out with himself and the head of the umpires union to decide how the NBA should run things. How happy would you be if you were a fan of the Los Angelos Lakers? Would you consider this a conflict of interest?
Well Nastia Liukin is holding a similar position as described above and apparently she feels there is nothing wrong with it. Her quote actually makes it seem like she is more concerned with herself then the way it all looks to the fans of the sport.
Here is her exact quote:
“A lot of people were skeptical and wondering if this would limit me on the Olympic side…it’s not going to mess with me being able to compete at the Worlds or Olympics.”
Liukin said that Svetlana Khorkina was also on the FIG committee when she was still competing internationally.
I am sorry but any way you slice it if Nastia is going to continue in the sport hanging out with Nellie Kim and the head of the FIG deciding ANYTHING to do with gymnastics is a conflict of interest . If Shawn Johnson was doing this the Nastia fanatical society would be up in arms
USA-gymnastics isn’t any better. They have now attached Nastia’s name to a special competition ran by them. When you add these two things to the comments made by Bruno Grandi last year about Nastia being what the sport should be about in one breath while he criticized the Chinese in another breath it reeks of something and it isn’t a pleasant smell.
Many people already felt that Nastia’s win at the Olympics was suspicious. Appointing her to represent the International Gymnastics Federation doesn’t calm those fears that the sport is a lot more fixed then you might think.
The quotes were taken from The Examiner If that link doesn’t work try the front page of the same blog