5-Ring Circus

IOC’s victory lap on Spain and Kosovo appears premature

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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

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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

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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%

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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?

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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

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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!

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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...

THE BIG PICTURE: Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad steps down from IOC and ANOC posts after...

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The current explosion in the Olympic world is the saga of Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the head of the Association of National Olympic...

THE BIG PICTURE: Civil war among the anti-doping agencies? Yes!

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The internal battle in the world anti-doping community is continuing unabated, as the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) is calling for “meaningful reform...

LANE ONE: Realpolitik in Calgary as Mayor Nehshi could end its 2026 bid on...

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Whether Calgary continues its bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games has come down to a question of money. And the bid could end on...

THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing federation election controversy continues

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With the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Congress and its presidential election coming on 3 November, the activity surrounding it has increased dramatically. The Court of...

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