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Pound named head of Olympic Broadcast Services

Dick Pound
Dick Pound
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According to the Associated Press on Friday, Dick Pound of St. Catharines, Ontario has been named chairman of the board of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Broadcasting Services.

At the age of 72, Pound is about to begin a very important role in the IOC. It will also be interesting to see if Pound will be responsible for spearheading an Olympic television channel, something that IOC president Thomas Bach discussed in his campaign platform in his attempt to become president in 2013.

Pound, who previously was the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee under Juan Antonio Samaranch, previously worked as chairman of the IOC's Television Rights Negotiations Commission from 1983-2001 according to David Owen of IslandSportsNews.

Pound has always not been afraid to voice his opinion on specific matters, and it will be interesting to see if that trend will continue in his new role. Pound ironically replaces Hein Verbruggen of the Netherlands according to the Canadian Press. Verbruggen, who was previously the head of the International Cycling Federation (UCI), was criticized by Pound in the past for the massive drug problems the cycling world has experienced over the last two decades.