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If he didn’t receive the money, Koum is alleged to have threatened to deliberately perform poorly, which would have prevented any Australian male weight lifter competing at the 2012 games.
To head off the move, coaches offered a reward of $1000 – to be paid out of their own pockets – to Koum to lift a total of 250 kilos in his event, the 62 kilos weight division.
After initially agreeing to that arrangement, Koum allegedly then demanded he be given $5000 on the eve of his lift.
A dick move if there ever was one.
Update 1: Interview with CEO of the Australian Weightlifting Federation Michael Keelan (via)
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Update 2: Koum still denies everything. Still wants to lift this weekend in Brisbane. Here is an ABC report.
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Update: Seems like it was a good deal for Koum afterall.
legal technicalities prevent the Australian Weightlifting Federation from trying to enforce potential sanctions. (via)
Update: The case is going to court.