Scandal in South Korea

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Photo Credit – France 24

The president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has accepted this morning to cooperate with the justice. In fact, she is implicated in a political scandal which has been sweeping the country for  few months.

She has decided to talk again. This morning in a TV statement, Park Geun-hye apologized to her nation in response to the political scandal that occurred in South Korea recently. A second discourse in 10 days. The head of State recognized that she “let the guard down” and “has difficulty to forgive herself and sleep at night”.

In tears, she decided to distance Choi Soon-sil, a friend of 40 years, who is the principal accused in this case. Indeed, she is accused of having turned away money from the country to her own purposes, of having access to confidential documents and of having a role in the government affairs. In reaction to the pressure of opposition, the president also sacked her prime minister and two of her main ministers.

At the lowest in the polls, with only 5% of favorable opinion, Park-Gun-hye has still one year to serve at the head of State. A year which will be complicated, media and people claiming her demission, with demonstrations in the streets.

Daniel Marques, IEJ 3E

Doping scandal : an impressive cost and loss for Russia

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Russia is facing a terrible nightmare.

« Deeply shocking », « very saddening » these are the words dominating newspapers today. Some allegations include the information that the head of a Moscow laboratory destroyed 1,417 blood and urine samples while members of the Russian security infiltrated anti-doping work at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia’s doping scandal will definitely scare off a lot of sponsors. « There’s so much lost not just emotionally, but financially,” Alysia Montaño an American 800-meter runner said.

As a consequence, the world Anti-doping Agency has requested that Russia should be banned from all athletics competitions. Thereby several “sponsors are very nervous, they had plays an important role. It’s as big a scandal as you can get,” a member of Nike principal sponsorship prevented.

Many brands are already dealing with the fall-out from the corruption scandal engulfing Fifa world football’s governing body.  Companies such as Coca Cola or Visa feel soiled by Russia and are afraid for their reputation right now. « People will switch off if they’re watching a bunch of cheats, » a head sports of marketing at H+K strategies assured.

Russia : a deeply rooted culture of cheating

London sabotaged were caused again by… Russia. After winning 81 medals at the last Olympics, 17 in track and field, the public appears hugely disappointed by the image given to this sport. Therefore, Russia will be harshly “kicked out” from future sporting events such as the Olympic Game in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

One thing is certain : the image of Russia is tarnished like never and it seems not to be finished yet. More damages are to come very soon.

     Liliya Shobukhova, in a half-marathon, winning the Hervis Prague Half-Marathon. An image that shows how sponsors are fundamental for this sport. 


Toronto : John Tory ends the Rob Ford era

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The moderate conservative candidate became the 65th mayor of the city of Toronto last night. He won 40% of the votes, ahead of Doug Ford and Olivia Chow.


The former mayor, controversial Rob Ford, announced a month ago that he would not seek re-election as he receives treatment for a rare form of abdominal cancer. He did however win a council seat at home, in the Etobicoke district.

After the elections, Ford gave a hint about his future ambitions, saying that “In four more years, [we]’re going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up“.

Last year, the former mayor has been involved in a drug abuse scandal, widely broadcasted on both national and international media. He entered a drug rehabilitation program earlier this year to help him with his addiction.

Former mayor John Ford
Former mayor John Ford

Marie Rolin, IEJ 3E