5-Ring Circus

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...

THE BIG PICTURE: Process to de-certify USA Gymnastics will take time

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When U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Sarah Hirshland began the process of de-certification of USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for the sport,...

LANE ONE: This is the season to be thankful … you are not Yury...

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The traditional Thanksgiving holiday in the United States came yesterday, with millions remembering the many blessings in their lives, along with the challenges ahead...

THE BIG PICTURE: IOC says no events for countries that don’t admit everyone

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The International Olympic Committee has come out with its most direct statement yet on the question of issue of athletes competing in international events...

LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

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Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with...

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

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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?

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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

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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

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

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