5-Ring Circus

THE BIG PICTURE: Banka calls WADA’s budget “ridiculous” and Bach antes $10 million at...

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“It is ridiculous that an organization with the status of a global regulator has a budget of less than 40 million dollars. An average...

LANE ONE: Is the International Swimming League making an impact? It doesn’t appear to...

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There was so much turmoil over the announcement of the International Swimming League last year that the international federation for swimming (FINA) was pressured...

THE BIG PICTURE: Tokyo concedes event moves to Sapporo, but gets back $100+ million?

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The tug-of-war over the location of the Olympic marathons and race walks for 2020 was concluded on Friday during the meeting of the International...

LANE ONE: IOC moves Tokyo marathons and walks, but are there still more events...

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The International Olympic Committee’s ninth Coordination Commission meeting is underway in Tokyo, and there is a lot to talk about with less than a...

LANE ONE: UCLA dedicates famed Drake Stadium track to Betsy & Rafer Johnson

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“Together, you’ve been an example of respect, integrity and excellence in all things. Together, you have served the UCLA community selflessly and with the...

LANE ONE: What was all the fuss about the World Beach Games, anyway?

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Color me confused about the five-day ANOC World Beach Games, held for the first time last week in Doha, Qatar, which took over hosting...

THE BIG PICTURE: International Paralympic Committee reports record $26.9 million revenues for 2018

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Say what you will about the evils of money, the key metric for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to continue its growth as a...

LANE ONE: “Athlete’s rights” sounds like a good idea, but which athletes and which...

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The question of “athlete’s rights” is a hot topic in the Olympic Movement, just as it is in other sports, but it is being...

THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics’ legal marathon with abuse survivors and insurance cos. grinds...

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The myriad of cases involving USA Gymnastics and the intertwined lawsuits from survivors of sexual abuse from Dr. Larry Nassar and the federation’s suits...

VOX POPULI: “Hire Jill Ellis” and a new way to think about 1:59:40!

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From our readers: ● On Tuesday’s 2-0 loss by the U.S. men’s National Team to Canada: USSF should hire Jill Ellis to coach the men. She...

LANE ONE: Two marathon milestones in two days, but which was better? 1:59:40 or...

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The greatest weekend in the history of marathon running came and went with two astonishing and historic performances in two completely different settings: ● The...

THE BIG PICTURE: 4,600 Iranian women attend World Cup qualifier in Tehran

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For those who say the sport can play a helpful role in society, more proof came on Thursday (10th) as about 4,600 Iranian women...

VOX POPULI: The IAAF Worlds in Doha got coverage in the L.A. Times!

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Great coverage of the Worlds by TSX, and your comments were spot on. My observations (based solely on TV coverage, so filtered by that medium)... 1....

LANE TWO: An apology, and some schedule changes for The Sports Examiner

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Apologies to those looking for the TSX Report for Tuesday, 8 October in their e-mail inbox. It’s never a pleasure to experience computer issues,...

LANE ONE: USOPC relaxes IOC’s Rule 40 restrictions on athlete advertising a little, and...

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Ask a world-class athlete with individual sponsors about the bad aspects of being on a U.S. Olympic Team, and the answer will inevitable come...

LANE ONE: Was the IAAF World Championships a success or failure in Doha?

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The 2019 IAAF World Championships was mired in controversy as soon as it was awarded to Doha, Qatar in 2014 and scheduled to begin...

LANE ONE: IOC’s Bach says Salazar case “raises serious concerns”; no vote on 2032...

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“We have also discussed the Salazar case, which is very worrying and raises serious concerns, but we are confident that will look into...

LANE ONE: Why Russia’s situation for Tokyo rests with the World Anti-Doping Agency and...

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At Friday’s joint news conference between the International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach of Germany and IAAF President Sebastian Coe of Great Britain, the...

LANE ONE: The U.S.’s unequaled collegiate Olympic-sport programs may be heading to implosion, starting...

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For those who have followed the long-running debate over amateurism and intercollegiate athletics, the issue is finally front and center. For those in the...

LANE ONE: USOPC Hall of Fame committee selections renders USOPC’s protest sanctions toothless

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Remember the awards ceremony protests during the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru last month by American gold medalists Race Imboden in fencing and...

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