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5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary ends its 2026 Winter Games bid

The Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games was officially “suspended” by a 15-0 vote of the City Council, following the defeat of the...

THE BIG PICTURE: What happens now in Calgary?

The International Olympic Committee reacted to the public rejection of Calgary’s plan to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games last Tuesday with a...

LANE ONE: Willie Banks seeks to heal USA Track & Field’s open wound

In the avalanche of horrific sex-abuse scandals that have plagued many of the U.S. National Governing Bodies, USA Track & Field has barely been...

THE 5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary’s new problem is how to fund venue maintenance

The Calgary bid is dead, and one of the results is that no Games funding will become available for the repairs already needed to...

IOC’s victory lap on Spain and Kosovo appears premature

There has been considerable angst over the reports of the Spanish government’s refusal to allow Kosovo’s team for last week’s World Karate Championships to...

LANE ONE: WADA Board holds the line on Russia, expands internal independence drive

There was no clap of thunder or bolt of lightning which came from the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board meeting in Baku (AZE) on...

THE BIG PICTURE: Reno-Tahoe out for U.S. bid for 2030 Winter Games

Beyond the drama in Calgary for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games was the announcement that the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition announced on Monday that...

LANE ONE: Calgary turns away from the 2026 Winter Games by 56-44%

It took a long time to get everyone in who wanted to vote, but Elections Calgary finally announced the results of the city’s referendum...

THE BIG PICTURE: IOC tells Spain to admit Kosovan athletes … or else!

In a comment to the InsideTheGames Web site, the deputy director of the IOC, Pere Miro (ESP) made it clear that the conditions under...

THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics estimates $75 million cost of Nassar’s claims on insurance

There was significant reporting this past week about the filings by USA Gymnastics of its 2017 financial statements and its IRS Form 990 tax...

LANE ONE: Fasten your seat belt: The Olympic Movement has a rough November ahead

This promises to be a turbulent week for the Olympic Movement with two major off-the-field events taking place in Canada and Azerbaijan and at...

THE BIG PICTURE: USOC timing slaps USAG athletes right before their World Champs

The United States Olympic Committee announcement that it will begin the process to de-certify USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for gymnastics came...

LANE ONE: Not all hosting costs are going down; Budapest to spend $111 million...

The plague of high costs which has confounded the International Olympic Committee, especially in attracting cities to host the Olympic Winter Games is spreading...

THE BIG PICTURE: Baumann’s World Urban Games becoming a reality

The newest multi-sport competition is the “World Urban Games,” a project of the late Swiss IOC member Patrick Baumann, who was the Secretary-General of...

LANE ONE: U.S. Olympic Committee drops the hammer on USA Gymnastics, but also on...

The FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics finished in Doha (QAT) on Saturday. On Monday, new U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive, Sarah Hirshland, announced...

ANTI-DOPING: A call for ethics in sports medicine

The chief of the United States Anti-Doping Agency is now campaigning about more than doping; he’s now working on ethical use of allowed drugs. Travis...

THE BIG PICTURE: IOC tells Int’l Biathlon Union they are OK (and starts sending...

One of the international sports federations in hot water over the past several months has been the International Biathlon Union (IBU), which had its...

LANE ONE: Boxing elects “organized crime” leader Rakhimov as president; now what?

Elections of international federation presidents aren’t usually too exciting except for those in the sport. There are exceptions, of course, and one of those...

THE BIG PICTURE: “Emergency summit” rips WADA for Russian reinstatement

An “emergency summit” of national anti-doping agencies and athletes was called by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the...

LANE ONE: Calgary 2026 bid comes back from the dead … on Halloween!

On Wednesday, the Calgary City Council voted 8-7 to kill the city’s bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and yet the bid still...

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