Bach: Values, passion and possibilities define the Olympic Movement

IOC President Thomas Bach

TSX HEADLINES – for July 23, 2018: There was a lot of interest in The eSports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee last Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, a face-to-face discussion between the gaming world and the Olympic Movement.

One of the most interesting sessions was one devoted to how the Olympic Movement itself is defined, with IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany being interviewed by 21-year-old American Overwatch player Jake Lyon.

What territory did Bach stake out as the ground on which the Olympic Movement stands?

The discussion was fascinating and Bach acknowledged the passion of the eSports players, but noted that the communication between Olympic athletes is “real” – it’s face to face, in the same place and in real time. And he had a lot more to say about how he sees Olympic sport and its values as the Olympic mission in the future.

We have the details of this conversation in our Lane One commentary, plus results of a wild, sensational weekend of sport, especially in track & field:

(1) THE TICKER: The Athletics Integrity Unit for track & field releases details of 120 disciplinary cases, 118 of which concern doping! IAAF president Sebastian Coe admitted to the BBC, “It’s too many.” Plus sanctions from the International Basketball Federation for the brawl between Australia and the Philippines during the Asia World Cup qualifying game earlier this month.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: Starting on Wednesday will be the most critical meet for American swimmers for the next two years: the Phillips 66 Nationals in Irvine.

(3) ATHLETICS: Sensational meets in Monaco and London, including a World Record in the women’s Steeplechase, a new American Record in the same race and Noah Lyles wins again in the 200 m in a new world-leading time!

(4) CYCLING: The Tour de France rests on Monday, but starts its final week with climbing stages in the Pyrenees. But the race could come down to a race on a short, hilly course next Saturday!

(5) FENCING: The U.S. is off to a great start at the 2018 World Fencing Championships with a silver medal in the men’s Sabre and a bronze in the women’s Epee; read about the new stars who broke through with their first Worlds medals!

This issue includes SCOREBOARD reports on Archery ~ Athletics ~ Badminton ~ Cycling ~ Fencing ~ Rugby ~ Sport Climbing ~ Table Tennis, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!