5-Ring Circus

LANE ONE: The IOC is slowly – but quite surely – changing, and...

This is usually a quiet time for the Olympic Movement and for the International Olympic Committee. But not in 2018. The winter-sports season hasn’t started yet and most of the major world championships in the summer sports are over, although wrestling and weightlifting are still to come. But the IOC has been in overdrive and […]
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BOXING: Konakbayev appeals to CAS to be added to presidential ballot

The drama over the future of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) and its 3 November presidential election continues, now at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. At present, the only candidate on the ballot is Uzbek Gafir Rakhimov, the interim president, who has been named by the U.S. Treasury Department as an international criminal. But […]
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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: So far, a success!

The third edition of the International Olympic Committee’s YOG continues in Buenos Aires with lots of events and – judging by the television coverage – pretty good attendance at some of the venues. These Games, for athletes from 14-18 years old, include 32 sports, which are not being covered so much as world-class athletic events, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA issues its annual report for 2017

The annual report (for 2017) from the World Anti-Doping Agency was posted on Friday (5th), with WADA chair Craig Reedie (GBR) noting that “At the core, WADA must ensure harmonized anti-doping rules and regulations (as it relates to the Code, International Standards and policies); and also, must be better equipped to monitor compliance with these […]
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LANE ONE: Dempsey punches the IOC hard, calls the Games “an enormous distraction”

One of the co-founders of the No Olympics Boston team, Chris Dempsey, has become the face of the anti-Olympics movement in the United States and in other countries as well. So it was a considerable surprise to see the International Olympic Committee invited him to participate in its Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires […]
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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: Competition starts in Buenos Aires

The third Youth Olympic Games got started in Buenos Aires (ARG) in an outdoor, ticket-free ceremony that attracted a reported 200,000 spectators to the Plaza de la Republica and the famed Obelisco, marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1536. The traditional light of the Olympic flame to begin the Games […]
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GAMES Preview: Third Youth Olympic Games starts on Saturday

Some 3,998 athletes from 206 nations are gathering in Buenos Aires (ARG) for the third Youth Olympic Games, a creation of the International Olympic Committee to extend the reach of the Olympic Movement to “youth.” The IOC boasts that the event “will feature new sports (breaking, sport climbing, roller sports and karate), and many new […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing on the razor’s edge of elimination from the Olympic...

You almost never hear language like this in a statement from the International Olympic Committee: “The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today expressed its ongoing extreme concern with the grave situation within the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and its current governance. … “Such behaviour is affecting not just the reputation of AIBA […]
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THE 5-RING CIRCUS: U.S. Justice Dept. indicts seven Russian hackers

The United States Department of Justice announced on Thursday a series of seven indictments against members of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a unit of the Russian military. The announcement of the indictments noted that “Among the goals of the conspiracy was to publicize stolen information as part of an influence and disinformation campaign […]
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THE 5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary, Milan-Cortina and Stockholm recommended for 2026 Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommended that the full membership extend invitations to compete for the 2026 Games to three candidates: Calgary (CAN), Milan-Cortina (ITA) and Stockholm (SWE). Left out was Erzurum (TUR), of which the IOC’s Working Group noted “The concentration of investment in general infrastructure such as accommodation, transport, energy and telecoms […]
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Bach on why an Olympic Games could be canceled

During his lengthy interview with CNN Money Switzerland host Martina Fuchs, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was asked about the IOC’s financial reserves and he noted that “What we try to have are reserves which could make us surviving the cancellation of an Olympic Games.” Fuchs then followed up and asked if cancellation of […]
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The death of track & field starts next year in Minsk

The just-completed European Championships in Berlin (GER) was the best meet of the year and included four world-leading marks and a sensational 6.05 m (19-10 1/4) victory by Swedish teenager Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault. The Euros, which take place every two years, is the showpiece event for European Athletics, who take great care […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: 53% support Calgary’s Olympic bid for 2026

The coming referendum in Calgary (CAN) about the city’s candidature for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is heating up. According to the GamesBids.com site, the Calgary bid committee will provide a Games “concept plan” to the public, which will include information on costs and sustainability. Council member Evan Woolley said that “The host plan will […]
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Bach to CNN Money: “Organizing the Olympic Games is a feasible investment”

Say what you will about the International Olympic Committee and its 64-year-old president, Thomas Bach of Germany, but he’s not shy. Bach gave a wide-ranging, 27-minute interview with Martina Fuchs on the CNN Money Switzerland program, “The Newsmaker” and covered almost every hot topic in the Olympic Movement today. Fuchs let him speak and wasn’t […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Asian Games ready to start in Indonesia

One of the world’s largest and most intense sporting events will start Saturday at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia: the 18th Asian Games. Hosted for the first time in two cities – Jakarta (also host in 1962) and Palembang – Indonesia took over when Hanoi (VIE) withdrew in 2014 due to […]
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More drama from Italy

More confusion from Italy on its bid for the 2026 Games, according to the GamesBids.com site. It quoted Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala as saying Thursday that he had been assured that the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) would “focus” on Milan as the center of its 2026 bid. “Then, twenty-four hours before the choice [CONI […]
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Commissions named

Further to Wednesday’s Lane One column on the invisibility of IOC in the public debate about the future of the Games, especially in potential bid cities, you might ask: so what do IOC members do? One of the things they do is sit on commissions. The IOC released its new commission assignments, trumpeting that women […]
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