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Richard Pound
Richard Pound

His affiliation with the Olympics began in the 1960 summer games in Rome. He was a swimmer then; his event was the 100-meter freestyle, and he finished sixth in the international competition. Since that time, Richard Pound has ascended to become one of the International Olympic Committee’s most prominent members and has been identified by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In April the Olympics official, attorney, author, and chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, will share his expertise and outlook with Ithaca College students, hosted by the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.

While Pound has worked with the IOC in several capacities over the last two decades, he is most widely known for shaping the games in a time of increased globalization, for creating and serving as the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and for coordinating the investigation into the 2002 Salt Lake City bribery scandal. Pound chaired the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games in Athens, and from 1984 to 2001 he directed all negotiations for Olympics television coverage, marketing, and sponsorships. He is currently chair of the Olympic Games Study Commission—a group that analyzes the financial operating structure of the games to maximize efficiency. At IC Pound will talk about the special difficulties posed by world conflict during the Olympics, his campaign against doping in sport, and the challenges involved in marketing the games. 

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