How Australia paid $100,000 for a pole vaulter to compete for Russia


Australian sports authorities have spent thousands of dollars preparing a pole vaulter who will represent Russia against our own defending champion Steve Hooker at the London Olympics.

None of the bodies involved in bringing Sergey Kucheryanu, his wife and child to Australia and supporting them for seven months at the West Australian Institute of Sport was willing to put a figure on the cost, but estimates vary from $50,000 to $100,000 in cash and kind on what turned out to be a misadventure.

Athletics Australia's highly controversial high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth, who referred to Kucheryanu as ``my pole vaulter'', was prime supporter of the plan to buy a world-class vaulter rather than invest the money in developing local talent.

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph


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