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Global Athlete report criticises IOC revenue distribution to athletes and calls for collective bargaining

The Olympic rings displayed in front of the New National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Competitor-led movement Global Athlete has published an explosive report into the way the International Olympic Committee distributes its revenues, accusing the organisation of a lack of financial transparency and claiming that it spends just 0.5 per cent per cent of its income directly on Olympic athletes.

The report, Olympic Commercialization and Player Compensation, also estimates that, when taking into account money distributed to National Olympic Committees which is then passed on to competitors, 4.1 per cent of IOC revenues “end up directly in the pockets of athletes”.

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