TSX HEADLINES – for November 5, 2018: It’s pretty unusual for elections of international sports federation presidents to make much noise. But when the federation is boxing, which is being told that the sport could be eliminated for the 2020 Olympic Games and it elects a man that the U.S. Treasury Department says is an organized-crime leader in Uzbekistan, that makes it news!
Yes, this really happened over the weekend. It’s hard to imagine how boxing got itself into this mess, but it’s actually even worse than it appears. The ball is now in the court of the International Olympic Committee, whose Executive Board meets next on 30 November. What they decide will not only be of interest to AIBA and its future, but to all of the international federations who depend on the IOC’s money to support their operations.
What happens to AIBA could happen to them, and we dive into the financial statements in our Lane One commentary, plus history at the World Gymnastics Championships, the New York City Marathon and a lot more:
(1) THE BIG PICTURE: One international federation is back in the good graces of the IOC, but with the proviso that it sign up to use one of the IOC’s newest tools in the fight against doping!
(2) THE MAIN EVENT: What a week for Simone Biles! She started in a hospital in Doha prior to the FIG World Gymnastics Championships and then won a maximum-possible six medals, including only the ninth time in history that one athlete has won medals in all five individual events! How many of the others do you know?
(3) ATHLETICS: Stunning performances in the TCS New York City Marathon, with Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa running the second-fastest times in the history of the event, but that wasn’t all they did. Which of them won $145,000 on the day?
(4) SWIMMING: Four wins each at the FINA Swimming World Cup for Russian Vladimir Morozov and Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu, who is suddenly back in the race for the overall World Cup title!
(5) WEIGHTLIFTING: Fascinating World Championships in Turkmenistan, with an avalanche of new world records thanks to chance in the weight categories, and a silly decision by the International Weightlifting Federation that run afoul of the IOC Executive Board!
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