Facebook Faux Pas; IAAF Hall of Fame Inductees; South Africa Selections
Australian Swimmers in Hot Water
Photographed wielding pump-action shotguns and automatic pistols, Australian swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kendrick Monk look like as much trouble as they are currently in.
Nick D’Arcy and Kendrick Monk added to their disciplinary problems with this photo.
The photo, posted to D'Arcy's Facebook profile, has sparked outrage among fans and Team Australia representatives.
“These postings today are foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team,” said Chef de Mission Nick Green.
Swimming Australia (SAL) invoked a “take-down clause” included in its social media policy to force the athletes to remove the offending photo and will now investigate the incident.
“Our social media policy also contains a take-down clause and we will use that where we see fit during the London Games,” Green warned. “Anything that is not in the Olympic spirit, or does not follow our guidelines will come down.”
D’Arcy and Monk will meet with SAL officials when they return to Australia from a swimming camp elsewhere.
This will not be an unfamiliar scene for either athlete; both D’Arcy and Monk have brought negative attention to themselves before.
Just three months before the Beijing 2008 Games, D’Arcy was dropped from Team Australia after seriously assaulting fellow teammate Simon Cowley. D’Arcy received a 14-month suspended sentence for the attack, which left Cowley with a broken nose, jaw, eye socket and cheekbone.
More recently, Monk admitted to lying to police about his claim to have been struck by a hit-and-run driver in September 2011. A month after the incident, Monk revealed that his broken bones were actually the result of a skateboarding accident.
Djokovic Carries Serbian Flag
Novak Djokovic says he will be Serbia’s flag bearer at the July 27 opening ceremony to the Games.
Novak Djokovic, 2011 Laureus Sportsman of the Year. (ATR)
"We are all very excited about the Olympics in London,” he was quoted Wednesday by Beta news agency, “and it goes without saying what a great honor it is for me to carry the flag for Serbia.”
As the world No. 1, reigning Olympic bronze medalist and 2011 champion on the grass courts of Wimbledon – the venue for tennis at London 2012 – Djokovic is seen as one of Serbia’s strongest medal prospects this summer.
IAAF Hall of Fame Inductees
Mildrid “Babe” Didriksen, Michael Johnson and Dan O’Brien will be among the 24 inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.
Michael Johnson is the reigning world record holder in the 400m and considered the best 200m/400m sprinter of all time. (Getty Images)
President Lamine Diack made the announcement during “100 Kids – 100 Meters – 100 Years”, a relay event held in Times Square to celebrate the IAAF’s centenary year.
“It gives me immense pleasure to honour the historic records and achievements of Mildred Didriksen, Michael Johnson and Dan O'Brien,” Diack said, calling them “three American greats, all-time legends of track and field.”
The triumvirate holds a combined eight Olympic medals, seven of those gold, in addition to 11 world championship titles and eight world records.
Team South Africa Athletes Announced
An initial team of 112 athletes was selected to represent South Africa at the London Games.
Caster Semenya. (Getty Images)
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) made the announcement Wednesday.
Most athletes selected so far are either members of team sports, such as football and hockey, or individuals in aquatics and athletics.
“Just a few of these names that stand out to me in this team are athletes Caster Semenya, we all know what a tough road she has had to tread to get this far, and Khotso Mokoena who won our only medal in Beijing at the last Olympics,” SASCOC president Gideon Sam said.
After winning gold in the 800-meter race at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Semenya was subjected to gender testing and an investigation by the IAAF, who cleared her for competition in 2010. This will be the first Olympic appearance for the middle-distance star.
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has yet to satisfy the qualification requirements mandated by SASCOC to represent South Africa at London 2012.
Written by Hannah Reid, Matthew Grayson and Ed Hula III.
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