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DOPING: WADA sending “technical mission” to Moscow next week

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The World Anti-Doping Agency announced last Friday that “A full technical mission from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be in Russia next week...

THE BIG PICTURE: After being sued, FINA announces new meet series

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In the blowback from the twin lawsuits filed against it for restraint of trade in the U.S., the International Federation for swimming, FINA, suddenly...

LANE ONE: Larry Nassar preyed on young girls; why is gymnastics focused that way?

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Larry Nassar has been convicted of crimes that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life. He sexually abused hundreds of...

THE BIG PICTURE: IOC’s bad pun in its commitment to sustainability release underlines the...

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The International Olympic Committee came out with a emotionally-worded statement entitled “IOC Takes Leadership Role in the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative,” supporting...

LANE ONE: The Nassar sex-abuse scandal: What actually happened (and didn’t happen)?

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The long-awaited report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics from the Boston-based Ropes & Gray law firm was made public on Monday...

THE BIG PICTURE: Olympic Summit reveals IOC policy on eSports

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The International Olympic Committee convened its seventh Olympic Summit over the weekend, including representatives of most of the stakeholders in the Olympic Movement. A lot...

LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

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The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the...

THE BIG PICTURE: Breaststroke champ Adam Peaty rips FINA over lack of athlete pay...

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The furor among some of the top swimmers in the world over FINA’s forced cancellation of the International Swimming League-affiliated Energy for Swim meet,...

LANE ONE: USA Gymnastics to USOC: “We’re not dead yet”

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You have to give credit to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. They aren’t giving up and they are not about to roll over...

DOPING: Russian NOC appeals Moscow decision to ignore Zubkov’s Sochi doping

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In a move dripping with political calculations, the Russian National Olympic Committee appealed the decision of the Moscow City Court that invalidated the doping...

THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF Council maintains its suspension of Russia, as outstanding issues remain

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintained its stance on the status of the Russian Athletic Federation (RusAF) at its Council meeting in...

LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power over...

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Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a...

THE BIG PICTURE: Battle of the budget continues in Tokyo for 2020

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The battle of the budget continues at the 2020 Tokyo Games, where a new version of the total financial requirements is due at the...

LANE ONE: The IOC punches AIBA, is WADA being played for a dope in...

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Quite a weekend of action off the fields of play, with major developments in the ongoing saga of boxing and the Olympic Games, doping...

THE BIG PICTURE: ANOC resolves its presidential dilemma, at the request of Sheikh Ahmad...

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The drama over the withdrawal of Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah from his duties as the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees...

LANE ONE: LA2028’s first presentation: “What are you going to do for the next...

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Sometimes it’s best to just listen. At the Association of National Olympic Committee’s General Assembly ongoing in Tokyo (JPN), the Chair of the Los Angeles...

LANE ONE: Who’s the best? The IAAF is down to its top five Athlete...

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Apart from the doping, politics, suspensions and court cases, there was some pretty good sport taking place in 2018. The awards are starting to...

ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett suspended for doping

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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has been busy, posting notices of suspensions, especially for Kenyan 800 m star Kipyegon Bett. The 2017 World Championships bronze...

THE BIG PICTURE: More pressure on the U.S. Olympic Committee in the Larry Nassar...

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While most of the focus in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has been on his employer, Michigan State University, and USA Gymnastics, where he...

LANE ONE: Equestrian’s answer to a Games in distress: Bigger isn’t better

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You don’t usually find much equestrian coverage in The Sports Examiner. Its regional or worldwide international competitions are limited in view of the costs...

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