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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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LANE ONE: What will the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and...

The introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) on Wednesday is the first step on what could be a fairly rapid process – in government terms – to review the current status of the United States Olympic Committee. Brought into disrepute by its slow and uncertain reaction to sexual abuse in multiple […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA team “successfully” retrieves Moscow Lab data

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday that its data-retrieval team had completed its mission to obtain the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory at the center of the four-year doping scheme operated within the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). From the statement: “A three-person World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expert team has successfully retrieved the data from […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Colorado Senator Gardner introduces bill to review the USOC

Now we are getting serious. After all of the posturing, press releases and yelling about reform of the United States Olympic Committee, the only body...

LANE ONE: The IOC can pat itself on the back (for now): the...

It’s so easy to be against everything these days. And should something positive happen, it’s usually discounted as unimportant, or those claiming responsibility grow longer arms to pat themselves – endlessly and loudly – on the back. But it’s worth taking notice of what has happened with the 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid from Italy, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Malaysia signals anti-Semitism is alive and well, even for Paralympic...

According to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the two Israeli swimmers who have applied for visas for the World Paralympic Swimming Championships cannot compete there. “We will not allow them to enter. If they come, then it is an offense.” Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel and Malaysian passports reportedly carry a notation that […]
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STAT PACK: Results for the week of 7-13 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 week’s issue are reports on 21 events in: Alpine Skiing Badminton Biathlon Bobsled & Skeleton Cross Country Skiing Curling Fencing Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey Luge […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 14 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport (this time, with links!): LANE ONE/Sunday: The news that the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under serious investigation by a French judge concerning potential bribes paid to […]
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LANE ONE: Is the IOC setting the stage for a serious review of...

When the International Olympic Committee issues one of its periodic statements on how it is adapting the Olympic Games to modern times, it’s hard to know whether to take it seriously. Is this a preview of real change coming to the Games? Or another self-congratulatory, self-serving statement that, in actuality, means little? But as long […]
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DOPING: WADA Compliance Review Committee meeting this week on Russia

The continuing saga of the World Anti-Doping Agency trying to get its hands on a complete and correct copy of the 2011-15 testing database...

THE BIG PICTURE: Stockholm-Are and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo submit bids for 2026 Winter Games

After five potential bid cities all left the scene, there were two bidders who actually submitted the formal documentation to the International Olympic Committee last Friday (11th) for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. There are issues with both, but Stockholm-Are (SWE) and the combined Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) bid are both in the game, with the […]
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LANE ONE: The Takeda investigation could be worse for the IOC than the...

Friday’s stunning revelation that the president of the Japan Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under investigation in France for corruption is the most serious blow to the International Olympic Committee in 20 years. Back in 1998, the IOC was rocked by the Salt Lake City scandal in which bribes and gifts were given to IOC […]
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LANE ONE: Athlete protests about the USOC demonstrate how to miss an opportunity

Much has been made over the past several days about protests from a group of athletes calling themselves the “Committee to Restore Integrity to the United States Olympic Committee and the USOC’s own reply. What’s all the fuss about? In short: ● On 2 January, the USOC announced the appointment of three new Board members: […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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GLOBETROTTING by Phil Hersh: Gracie Gold ‘s wise decision to forgo U.S. Skating Championships...

The definitive thing about the Gracie Gold situation is none of us on the outside still knows much definitive about the Gracie Gold situation. Gold...

THE BIG PICTURE: USADA files public warning against 90-year-old cyclist

The United States Anti-Doping Agency’s job is to mercilessly root out doping in the U.S. and while its latest announcement borders on the absurd,...

LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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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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