The compensation package paid to John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), rose to more than AUD$700,000 (£423,000/$530,000/€499,000 in 2016, the body’s latest annual report has revealed.
The 66-year-old’s remuneration, in the form of consulting fees, climbed to AUD$729,438 (£440,879/$552,524/€519,957), nearly AUD$12,000 (£7,250/$9,000/€8,500)of which was classified as "motor vehicle/parking", up from AUD$689,634 (£416,786/$522,351/€491,481) in 2015.
Coates, who is one of world sport’s foremost power brokers, has been challenged for the AOC Presidency he has held since 1990 by Danielle Roche, an Olympic hockey gold medallist.
Roche has said she would not take a salary if elected on May 6, the day before her opponent’s 67th birthday; the report’s disclosure is thus likely to provide ammunition for her campaign.
The report also reveals the sums paid to other senior figures: Kitty Chiller, the Australian team’s Chef de Mission at Rio 2016, received AUD$112,500 (£68,000/$85,000/€80,000); Fiona de Jong, former chief executive, was paid AUD$552,377 (£333,743/$418,358/€393,699) in total, up from AUD$452,145 (£273,206.51/$342,480/€322,260) in 2015, with the increase explained mainly by retirement/separation benefits.
In his President’s review, Coates, a lawyer who is also an International Olympic Committee vice-president and President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, highlighted the AOC’s nearly AUD$50 million (£30 million/$38 million/€36 million) in sponsorship and licensing revenue over the 2013-2016 quadrennium as "an excellent result, given the Games in Rio were not as attractive as those in London for Australian companies".
This was out of total revenue for the cycle of AUD$88.7 million (£53.6 million/$67.2 million/€63.2 million).
With sponsorship dollars of more than AUD$37 million (£22 million/$28 million/€26 million) already for 2017-2020 and AUD$18 million (£11 million/$14 million/€13 million) for 2021-2024, "never before" had the AOC been "so well positioned with so many long-term sponsors", Coates said.
He praised Chiller and colleagues for "an outstanding effort" during an Olympics that constituted "without a doubt the toughest assignment for an Australian team since the political upheaval that plagued the Moscow Games in 1980".
Chiller and team confronted "many issues in particular security and an accommodation emergency in the Olympic Village.
"Kitty stood up for her athletes, she was very mindful of the dangers faced on the streets of Rio and the wellbeing of her athletes and officials took precedence over everything else."
Australia finished 10th in the medals table at Rio 2016, with a total of 29 medals of which eight were gold.
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