Olympic Games: Dick seeks compromise

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The Independent Online
FRANK DICK, Britain's director of coaching, has asked the Games organiser in charge of accreditations, Alberto Baronet, to attend a meeting with him and all the other national chief coaches today, writes Mike Rowbottom.

Dick wants to see if any last- minute compromises can be reached following the decision - for reasons of security - not to grant personal coaches of any nationality access to warm-up areas and the Olympic village.

Forty British coaches have had their applications to work in these areas turned down, although four who won awards at the national coach of the year ceremony - Ron Roddan, Mike Whittingham, Tommy Boyle and John Isaacs - have been allocated special passes granting them full access.

Dr Ron Axon, the chief medical officer for the British Olympic Association, has confirmed that a windsurfer had picked up an infection after practising in sea water. Australian athletes have been banned from bathing in the sea next to the Olympic village. 'One of the Canadian girls saw a refrigerator float past,' an Australian team spokesman said. 'There are also a few things in there that have come straight out of the sewers.