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Sir A. Conan Doyle and the Olympic Failure

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Sir A. Conan Doyle and the Olympic Failure is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Sporting Life on 10 january 1914.



Sir A. Conan Doyle and the Olympic Failure

The Sporting Life (10 january 1914)

To the Editor of the "Sporting Life."

Sir, — In reading an article by Mr Charles Otway upon Olympic Preparation, I find the first sentence to be "Whatever progress British athletics has made during 1913 has eventuated, not from systematic organisation by the authorities, but rather in spite of the failure of those who have assumed control to get a satisfactory scheme into operation." Really such a remark is colossal. A complete scheme was laid before the public, coming from the only source which was in a position to formulate one. It was crabbed and hindered in every possible way by the majority of sporting journalists — and certainly not least by Mr Otway himself. It is in consequence a failure. And now already we have the very men who are responsible for it penning such sentences as the above. There should be some limit to is representation. — I am, &c.,

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Crowborough, Jan. 8.


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