Richard (Dick) W.D. Pound: The Architect of Olympic Business
Richard William Duncan Pound, better known as Dick Pound, is the current elder statesman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He created what we now know as the ‘business of the Olympics’ by overseeing the creation of the TOP (The Olympic Partners) program and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This chapter provides an overview of Pound’s key contributions to the Olympic Movement and the world of international sport. It discusses key challenges Pound faced, namely financial, Olympic Movement unity, and doping. The chapter concludes with how Pound dealt with these challenges, noting the timing, skills, and leadership needed to do so.
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