Comments for en-gb 30 Tue 31 Mar 2015 17:42:39 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Jordan D Rocketastic (#11) - why does it make a difference? Because by having a representative on the Executive Board who has the ear of the President, we (the UK) are able to have an input into the running of an organisation for whom we are putting on the largest, and most complex show on the planet in 2012.Having Reedie at that table to really lay out London 2012 and manage expectations from both sides would have aided and supported the operations of a smooth Games. Thu 14 Aug 2008 15:30:26 GMT+1 devonbrit Having nobody representing Great Britain on the Executive Board of the IOC is not in the best interests of British sport.Disregard the throw away "what does it matter comments" , the reality of Olympic sport is that it's governing body determines the structures under which we have to compete.If we are not at the table and our views are not represented we are unable to influence decisions.The show will go on whether we like it or not, better to be in the ring parading ourselves than outside moaning about the consequences.It's a similar situation with the European Union.Now i'm no supporter of the way this government has engineered the adoption of the latest treaty or of many of the impositions foisted upon European countries however the way we can make our voice heard and get our views actioned is by being involved in the decision making process not being mere onlookers.It is likely we will make a bid for the football World Cup once more.Well FIFA is another organisation where we are not adequately represented and have not been for some time.It cannot hinder our efforts to secure the tournament by having our elected representative at the top table. Lastly Mihir you are right to raise this issue.The organisation of sport cannot be disregarded and we cannot and should not step aside. Fri 08 Aug 2008 10:43:22 GMT+1 Rocketastic Jordan,Please tell me how GB not having a member on the EB makes a blind bit of difference?If you can (of if Mihir can) I'll take back my comments and grant some kudos instead of incredulity to this article.This article is pointless if Mihir can't explain why such a situation is 'bad' for GB. Like I say, I don't fail to see how, at this stage, it could be. Unless we wanted the 2020 games as well! Fri 08 Aug 2008 10:05:31 GMT+1 levdavidovich Nice to see that you name your sources for the quotes for a change.I think this is one of your better articles of recent times. It is analysis rather than speculation and gossip. Well done. Fri 08 Aug 2008 01:57:12 GMT+1 Jordan D I'm sorry, how can you criticise Mihir on this article? It provides a valid point and argument on the issues that are currently quite important to the IOC. We are in a situation that is unusual (as noted above) where the forthcoming Summer Olympics has no direct representation on the IOC Executive Board. Mihir puts forward his views (it is a blog after all) along with insight from the meeting: I for one didn't have a clue how the EB elections take place and the internal politics of the IOC works - this is insight, and it should be regarded as that, rather than as another opportunity to bash Mihir. Thu 07 Aug 2008 23:17:21 GMT+1 hackerjack Who cares?The press in this country put fa too much stall in who sites on these largely meaninless boards.I dont care if a brit is in a position of power in the IOC, FIFA or any other association as long as the people in charge are competent people. Thu 07 Aug 2008 21:53:00 GMT+1 WebbyFoxes Anyone who Critisies Mihir Bose needs to look close into this story.This is a very serious issue, we dont have a representative on the board for London 2012, and some twit made the election a bit of a fore-gone conclusion.I think people who do critise Mihir should read the last few stories hes covered, they have been good and from the heart of the major organisations and some of us are concerened when us Brits should be punching above our weight. Thu 07 Aug 2008 21:19:13 GMT+1 DaveyCooper I have inside information that this article is not very good and very boring. Thu 07 Aug 2008 20:11:07 GMT+1 Mark B Is there a better job in Sports Journalism than Mihir Bose's?I'm sorry to say this, but time after time, we just get regurgitated rubbish from the so-called Sports Editor. It must be nice travelling the world to all these great events, at licence payers' expense, and to write, what is it now, a column a day or not even that?It's possibly saying something when I say that this is one of the more interesting articles you've written for us Mr Bose. Some canny political manoeuvring by an IOC Executive Member, but sorry enough is enough.As Sports Editor, you might even have been better off at home, editing what appears on the various BBC Media during the Olympics, rather than puffing out the chest, sitting in venues living the highlife and blinding us with your bland descriptions of the atently obvious.BBC journalism across the board is usually of the highest standards, at least it used to be. I fail, Sir, to see the point of your contributions.YoursAngry, not of Tunbridge Wells Thu 07 Aug 2008 19:34:58 GMT+1 Wicked_Witch_of_the_West_Coast As the famous football chant has it 'no one loves us, and we don't care!' Thu 07 Aug 2008 15:58:19 GMT+1 Rocketastic Pointless article frankly. How is a EB member going to make any difference? We've got the Olympics and we won't have to rely the IOC to get the FIFA World Cup.I don't know. Sometimes Mihir seems hell bent on demonstrating that he mingles with the aristocrats in the stratosphere of sport.How about exmapling how this makes a difference Mihir? Doping? Corruption? Tell me. Please. Thu 07 Aug 2008 15:56:56 GMT+1 jamminben13 It seems that anyone who can make a stand against us, does nowadays. The perceived arrogant nature of the Western nations, especially the US and the UK means that any chance somebody or some - body has a chance to vote us down, they do. I only need cite recent events at the Eurovison song contest and on a less serious note, the UN security council and the attempt to implement sanctions against Zimbabwe, to prove my point irrefutably. Thu 07 Aug 2008 14:55:40 GMT+1 richard crisford who cares? we've got the olympics now. we won't get them again in my toddlers lifetime, and maybee even in his children's. Thu 07 Aug 2008 14:04:13 GMT+1