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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip to Moscow. Once again, the goal will be to extract a comprehensive copy of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory which was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping program […]
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STAT PACK: Results from 31 December 2018-6 January 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 issue are reports on Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Bobsled & Skeleton, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track and Ski Jumping, […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 7 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a rapid review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Forget all the controversies and problems for the moment and think about the top athletes and teams to look forward to in 2019. From a mostly-U.S. perspective, consider what will happen to […]
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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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GLOBETROTTING: Hanyu, Ledecká rise above it all in a year when world sport needed...

by Phil Hersh (For 28 years the Olympic Games specialist for the Chicago Tribune, Hersh is one of the true experts in the field and...

THE BIG PICTURE: No data by 31 December, so what happens to Russia...

Russia has thrown one of the hottest potatoes in international sport right back into the hands of the World Anti-Doping Agency. While a WADA team was in Moscow two weeks ago, and ready to proceed with the transfer of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory that was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Shellie Pfohl announces she is leaving U.S. Center for SafeSport...

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is in the market for a new chief executive after Shellie Pfohl announced she will step down at the end of the year. Phofl joined the fledgling organization in November of 2016 and headed the staff as the Center began operations in March, 2017. The Center’s statement noted that in […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but...

As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the most gut-wrenching over the course of the year. We’ve identified our top 10 stories of the year in Olympic sport, with today’s edition profiling nos. 10-6: 10. Cycling: Britain sweeps the […]
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BOBSLED: Disgraced Zubkov wants a personal letter in order to return his medals

Disgraced Russian gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who piloted the two-man and four-man sleds to victory in Sochi in 2014, but was disqualified for doping...

2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: Tokyo organizers get 162,000+ volunteer apps

There is considerable concern about the cost of the Tokyo Games, set to begin in about 18 months. But on another measure of the popularity of the Games, the organizers have nothing to worry about. The first phase of the recruitment drive for volunteers to assist at the Games closed last week, with 80,000 volunteers […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia’s head of anti-doping asks for Putin’s help to resolve...

The drama over access to the Russian doping database in Moscow continues, with discussions reportedly taking place over another visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency. A WADA team was not allowed to complete its review of the database earlier in December and a WADA statement explained that “the team was unable to complete its mission […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia refuses WADA team full access to Moscow lab data;...

The simmering fight within the anti-doping movement over Russia’s reinstatement by the World Anti-Doping Agency is now getting ready to boil over. WADA released a statement on Friday which noted that its technical team was not allowed to obtain the data it was seeking from the Moscow laboratory: The team accessed the laboratory and progress […]
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LANE ONE: Echoes of the failed Int’l Track Association in the new Int’l...

Being old does have some benefits. One of them – for as long as it lasts – is memory. When the International Swimming League (ISL) held an athlete’s conference in London (GBR) last week, followed by a self-congratulatory Web posting, there was an echo from long ago. Yes, 46 years ago. In London, ISL founder […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: FINA and Int’l Swimming League trade barbs

The furor between the International Swimming League (ISL) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) continued unabated this week. ISL held a meeting in London (GBR) to announce a 2019 “league” competition of 12 teams – six from Europe and six from the U.S. – in meets held from mid-August to mid-December, with semi-finals and […]
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LANE ONE: U.S. House committee report indicates little change coming to the Ted...

While the Ropes & Gray Report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has grabbed most of the national headlines, an important report from one of the Congressional committees looking into the matter indicates that only modest changes might be coming to the laws governing the U.S. Olympic Movement. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy & […]
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DOPING: Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act introduced in Senate

The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act previously introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on 19 December. The announcement noted that the bill is “[n]amed for Russian whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the bipartisan legislation establishes criminal penalties on individuals involved in […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Salt Lake City selected by USOC for a future Winter...

The U.S. is back in the Olympic bidding business, this time for an Olympic Winter Games. At its Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco on Friday, the USOC selected Salt Lake City, Utah, as its bid city for a future Winter Games. The specific Games has not been confirmed, but the 2030 Games are […]
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LANE ONE: Why is FINA trying to keep swimmers from making money at...

If you listen to the leaders of the Olympic Movement, and especially International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach of Germany, you will hear – over and over again – “it’s all about the athletes.” Except when it’s not. That’s what makes the current face-off between the international federation for aquatic sports – known by its […]
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DOPING: WADA sending “technical mission” to Moscow next week

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 to retrieve data from the former Moscow Laboratory. “The five-person delegation will travel to Moscow on Monday 17 December to access the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the underlying raw […]
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