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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Lyles to run only 200 m at USATF Nationals; Rakhimov...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Ending considerable speculation, Noah Lyles and his coach confirmed that he would only be contesting the 200 m at the USA Track & Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at the end of the month. That means he will […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: More Russian doping, but this time reported by the Russian...

There is still considerable distrust of the anti-doping apparatus in Russia, fueled in part by the continuing investigation into the thousands of reports and samples obtained from the 2011-15 which are now being evaluated by the World Anti-Doping Agency and individual International Federations. But the question of what Russia’s anti-doping efforts are today is actually […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 8 July 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Monday: The United States Olympic Committee (now U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee) posted its tax return for 2018, with a lot of interesting information. The headlines were about ex-CEO […]
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HEARD AT HALFTIME: Bubka and Popov fiercely refute Cabral’s testimony on Rio bribes;...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXXI Olympiad: Rio 2016 ● In the wake of the stunning testimony of former Rio State Governor Sergio Cabral on Thursday, explaining in detail how he approved $2 million to bribe members of the International Olympic Committee in 2009 […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: McLaren estimate right on target as 298 possible new Russian...

In the aftermath of January’s disclosure that the Russians had finally provided the raw data from the infamous Moscow laboratory that was the center of the state-run doping scandal from 2011-15, Canadian law professor Richard McLaren – whose work had uncovered the depth of the cheating – was asked how many more dopers might be […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Diack indictment shows corruption on a grand scale; USA Synchro...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The German ARD network managed to obtain a copy of the indictment brought by the French authorities against former IAAF President Lamine Diack, his son Papa Massata Diack and four others associated with them, including the IAAF’s own anti-doping chief, […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 1 July 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Monday: Sunday’s Prefontaine Classic was terrific, with six world-leading marks and a magnificent run by Christian Coleman in the 100 m in 9.81. But on Saturday, 2012 long jump […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 28 June 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Wednesday: An insider’s view of athlete sponsorships from a four-time Olympic gold medalist, the person who recruits athlete endorsers for United Airlines and an athlete’s representative who has made deals for some […]
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STAT PACK: Results for the week of 17-23 June 2019

The Stat Pack: a summary of results of international Grand Prix, World Cup and World Championships events, plus U.S. domestic events and Pan American championships events of note. In this week’s issue are reports on nine events in eight sports: ● Athletics: IAAF Combined Events Challenge: Decastar in Talence ● Athletics: USATF Junior Championships in […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC rejects sentimentalism and selects Milan-Cortina while L.A.’s Mayor says “I...

The International Olympic Committee made a clear choice for fiscal and political reality with the selection of the Milan-Cortina bid for the 2026 Olympic...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 24 June 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Monday: While Monday’s selection between Milan-Cortina and Stockholm-Are for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is getting all the headlines, the membership of the International Olympic Committee will then consider […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Sensational 10.73s for Thompson and Fraser-Pryce in Jamaican Trials!

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● True, Usain Bolt is retired, but Jamaica’s women’s 100 m Olympic gold medalists are back on track after one of the great races ever in the Jamaican national championships in Kingston on Friday night. The results speak for themselves: 1. […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 21 June 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Friday: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board announced the new qualification process for boxing for the 2020 Tokyo Games, effectively sealing the fate of AIBA as the no-long-governing body for the sport. […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia’s dour Lasitskene suddenly the new voice of Russian T&F

Russia’s superstar high jumper Mariya Lasitskene is the two-time defending World Champion in her event, is no 5 on the all-time performers list at 2.06 m (6-9) and won 45 meets in a row from 2016-18. She’s working on an 11-meet streak right now. Watching her jump, you see very little emotion and a lot […]
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LANE ONE: The NCAA is on the way to creating a new 1%:...

After losing some rounds in court battles that did not deliver any clear decisions, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has formed “a working group to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation related to student-athlete name, image and likeness.” What does that mean? U.S. District Court judge Claudia Wilken ruled in […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF keeps Russia on suspension, then changes its name to...

No change. That was the decision of the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) concerning the Russian Athletics Federation at its Council meeting in Monaco over the weekend. The RusAF continues on suspension, as it has been since 2015. The IAAF’s Russia Task Force chief, Rune Andersen (NOR) filed a report (available here) which didn’t […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 7 June 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Wednesday: It’s about time that an expert panel talked about the opportunities to sponsor Olympic-sport athletes, and the first L.A. Sports Summit is going to do just that. The panel will be […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: World-leading 13.06 for Roberts at NCAAs, IAAF replies to the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The first day of the NCAA Division I Championships in Austin, Texas (USA) showed once again why – except in the opinion of the IAAF World Rankings compilers – this is one of the best meets in the world each […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IAAF’s women’s regs suspended by Swiss Court, so Semenya can...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● South Africa’s Caster Semenya won a round against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its regulations for women in the 400 m-Mile events on Monday. The Swiss Federal Tribunal, acting on a request from Semenya’s attorneys, suspended the […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Another London weightlifter disqualified, new doping rules about contaminated meat,...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The International Olympic Committee announced another doping positive from its re-testing program from the 2012 London Games, and of course it was another weightlifter. Florian Croitoru (ROU), who placed ninth in the men’s 56 kg division, found to have three […]
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