BSP has always said sports ruling bodies are corrupt to some extent. One of the worst when it comes to actually breaking laws is soccer’s ruling body, FIFA. This organization has not only compiled $1.5 billion in cash reserves, it has awarded World Cups to Qatar and Russia. The Qatar stadium construction has resulted in nearly 1,000 dead migrant workers, while Russia won the event after invading Crimea. In 2011, FIFA launched an internal corruption investigation, but a former U.S. prosecutor assigned to oversee the investigation resigned after FIFA blocked it’s release. Anyway, several FIFA officials were arrested after indictment by the Department of Justice.
Corruption is the downfall of international sports. The FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has been avoiding travel to the United States. An opponent in the FIFA election, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, stated he had been approached by persons requesting money in exchange for votes. Apparently, Blatter has not been asked for bribes.
FIFA is terrible, but the Olympics are nearly as bad. We already know about Salt Lake City. American sports aren’t nearly as corrupt but they aren’t as pure as the driven snow either. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if there was more under the hood than we’ve been led to believe.