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|| News Item: Posted 2000-06-28

Sydney Olympic Notes
By Joe Traver

Veteran photo editor Horst Fass will become the first person to have managed the International Olympic Photographic Pool (IOPP) twice. The Pulitzer Prize winning London-based picture editor coordinated the pool at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and has been selected following the June departure of Reuters Singapore-based Rob Taggart.

For years, the planning in place for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia included that the (IOPP) was to have been managed by Taggart (as previously reported in Sport Shooter) but it seems that Reuters has moved some personnel around and offered the popular Taggart a redundancy.

In the effort to find a replacement ready to step-in and manage the pool, AP has offered Faas. Included in Reuters world changes was the rise of Steve Crisp, previously named as global picture editor based in London, and the departure of Pat Benic, who had headed the Americas operation in Washington. Gary Hershorn has been tapped to take over the Washington desk; he is a Canadian who began his career with UPI and has been Reuters's Senior Photographer, based in Washington D.C.

The photo and press operations staff at SOCOG have selected Nicole Andersen as the final venue photo manager to join the staff of the XXVII Olympiad spreading out over 40 sport locations in and around Sydney. Nicole, the lone Canadian on the photo ops management staff is from Vancouver, BC and as photo manager of volleyball she is part of the team at the cluster of venues in Sydney's Darling Harbor.

Photo Ops will also be joined by Rich Clarkson as infield photo coordinator at track and field, a position he mastered at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta. Clarkson is a renowned sports photographer, publisher and past president of the U.S.-based National Press Photographers Association as well as chairman of NPPA's sports committee.

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