The Olympic Committee is broken, and now is the time to fix it.  – HS Visio

The pyramid structure of the organization, in which the person sitting in the top chair has all the power and responsibility, no longer works today, writes Henrik Dettmann, a columnist at HS Vision.

Coping with the past.

I learned a lot of German words as I coached at the turn of the millennium in the lands of my ancestors. This word was the most significant of them.

Less than a century ago, German superpower renaissance brought the most powerful and ruthless assassination machinery in the world today. The millennial third kingdom withered in twelve years. After the Nuremberg Trials, the entire German people had to collectively step in front of a mirror and reinvent themselves.

In spring Following the crisis of the Finnish Olympic Committee, it has inevitably occurred to me that there would now be an order for a German monster, which, roughly translated, means constructive self-criticism: the ability to look in the mirror and admit one’s mistakes.

More than five years ago, in the fog of idealism, actors with completely different goals and different values ​​were crushed under the umbrella of the Olympic Committee when the organizations responsible for the success of children and young people and top sports were merged.

The soppa is simmering as the sports media continue to create the image of the Olympic Committee as a place where medals and plots are awarded on the basis of cents and seconds. The name Olympic Committee erroneously creates an image of an organization responsible for the success of top sports, even though in reality it is, or at least should be, a promoter of Finnish sports and sports culture.

Thanks to the great success stories of decades ago, Finland has long focused – for good reason – on admiring individual athletes and their Olympic and World Cup medals.

Sports support systems and resources have been mobilized behind the scenes to ensure the success of individual projects.

The long-term development and modernization of the sports industry has been overshadowed by this method, not to mention sports for children and young people. To see this, there is no need to look beyond the school sports discount space.

Taxpayer behind the scenes, personal drama and ego clashes are transmitted. This is particularly sad for those Olympic Committee staff who give their all their passion on a daily basis.

The structures are broken, but they are not repaired by chase and prosecution but by a thorough look in the mirror and proper corrective movements.

First of all, it must be accepted that the Olympic Committee is not an owning entity but a support organization. Sports and sports federations are responsible for the development of Finnish sports. The basis for the existence of the Olympic Committee is its ability to help species.

In the Committee it is also time to move into this millennium. 75–80 per cent of new sports enthusiasts are looking for ball sports in Finland. Society is changing and urbanizing, so priorities and resources must also change.

The value of sport and exercise for children and young people must be emphasized. Financial efforts should be made to support young people and their career choices – supporting the profession of athlete. Most of those who aspire to Olympic medals and other sporting successes have already earned their incentives and are doing well on their own.

The value of coaching skills must be increased to the value that belongs to them. Sport is a tool for growth and a demanding profession that requires trained professionals to meet the requirements of the industry. The Olympic Committee, together with the Kihu Institute of Top Sports, has focused mainly on biomechanics and the study of spear angles, instead of utilizing, for example, Finnish world-famous pedagogical expertise.

“Structures guide strategy” is an old wisdom. The Olympic Committee has a pyramid structure in which the person sitting in the top chair has all the power and responsibility. In this case, the talk of a service organization is just air. Leadership is always needed and it decides the outcome. But modern leadership is not about one person rumbling. Modern leadership is the interplay of experts across the boundaries of sport and culture.

Now It is time for the Finnish sports community to look in the mirror and decide whether we want a unified, national service-focused interest group or whether it is better to go back to a time when the Olympic Committee is operating as a separate, independent entity. In that case, it will mainly be responsible for registering for the Olympic Games and the related travel arrangements.

History can be used as a stepping stone and must be learned from, but it must not be taken prisoner.

By Editor