5-Ring Circus

LANE ONE: Calgary 2026 bid comes back from the dead … on Halloween!

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 lives on and will continue to a public vote on 13 November. How? Because the Council motion to kill the bid required a two-thirds vote – a 10-5 margin – the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad steps down from IOC and ANOC posts...

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 Committees (ANOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and a member of the International Olympic Committee. Sheikh Ahmad, as he is known, was indicted in Switzerland on charges of “fabricating” an […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Civil war among the anti-doping agencies? Yes!

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 of WADA governance.” It its latest statement, the group of 17 of the largest anti-doping organizations – including the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – met in an “emergency summit” in Paris (FRA) […]
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LANE ONE: Realpolitik in Calgary as Mayor Nehshi could end its 2026 bid...

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 Monday. The Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept projected the total cost of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and Winter Paralympic Games at about C$5.46 billion. (C$1 = […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing federation election controversy continues

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 Arbitration for Sport is deeply involved, with two motions in front of it. It disposed of the first on Wednesday, dismissing a request by the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation for a […]
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LANE ONE: Why is the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique such a Scrooge?

The World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics is on for the next week in Doha, Qatar, with a star-studded field that includes not less than 20 men and women who have won Olympic or World Championships, including the incomparable Kohei Uchimura from Japan and Simone Biles of the United States. So why is the Federation Internationale […]
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LANE ONE: Bach’s Olympic vision takes shape: City-center spectacle and fewer venues

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany has plenty of critics, but say this for him: he has a vision. Since being elected to head the IOC in 2013, he immediately set out to reform the way that Olympic and Winter Games are bid for and organized, with his “Agenda 2020″ and “The New […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Now the leading candidate for the boxing presidency might resign...

“Should I be given the trust by AIBA members and be elected AIBA President, then also details about my position, background etc. will be included in the report to the IOC. “I’m convinced that we will then establish a good cooperation between the IOC and AIBA – something which we have already seen this week […]
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LANE ONE: As the 2020 Olympic Games draw near, Tokyo is suddenly the...

No one will say it, even in a whisper. No one in the Olympic Movement even wants to think about it. But the Olympic Games in Tokyo, coming in less than two years, is a problem. For the International Olympic Committee and its affiliated organizations, what has happened in the planning for the Games of […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny indicted

When former USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny (pictured) declined to answer any questions last June from the U.S. Senate Commerce Sub-committee that was investigating the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal on self-incrimination grounds, he received some good advice. Penny was indicted on 28 September by a Grand Jury in Walker County, Texas over the removal […]
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LANE ONE: Bach calls Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games “superb” in his closing...

The third Youth Olympic Games closed in Buenos Aires (ARG) on Thursday evening and the nearly 4,000 athletes will now head back to their own countries with a lot of stories, experiences and pins. The event was a clear success on the ground for the organizers and the National Olympic Committee of Argentina, both headed […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification will be delayed from 1 November of this year until at least 26 March 2019 to allow for an expedited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Stockholm’s 2026 bid clouded by lack of government support

Now the issue is Stockholm. A new, coalition government in the City Council announced last Friday that it would not support funding for a Stockholm bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, and that any bid for the Games would have to be financed from the private sector. Stockholm’s bid team, however, is hardly backing […]
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LANE ONE: Being no. 1 today isn’t good enough for USA Swimming, looking...

It’s hard to imagine much concern at USA Swimming over the performance of the world’s no. 1 swim team, as the U.S. has been for decades, and showed once again at the Pan-Pacific Championships earlier this year. But there is. What is there to worry about? In an off year for the U.S., with no […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: Stunning loss of key IOC member Patrick Baumann, 51

A stunning and sad moment with the surprise passing of International Basketball Federation Secretary-General Patrick Baumann (SUI), at age 51 from a heat attack suffered at the YOG in Buenos Aires. His loss is almost unimaginable as he became, essentially, the second most important member of the IOC after its president, Thomas Bach. Besides being […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: Alberta pledges C$700 million for Calgary 2026, but no more

Along with the drama in Stockholm, where the city’s 2026 bid will not have municipal government financial support, there was a significant development in Calgary’s 2026 bid. The provincial government of Alberta agreed to support the 2026 Games bid and the staging of the Games in Calgary, and will contribute C$700 million (~$538 million U.S.), […]
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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: IOC ecstatic so far

The third edition of the International Olympic Committee’s YOG continues in Buenos Aires, with the Closing Ceremony scheduled for the 18th (Thursday). The IOC gave a news conference midway through the Games, headlined by Executive Director of the Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi (SUI; pictured). He was nothing short of ecstatic about the event, stating that […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF begins allowing transfers of allegiance again

Following up on its new rules for nationality transfers, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued its first group of approvals for athletes to represent “new” countries. Its “Nationality Review Panel” has received 14 applications thus far and has ruled on eight, allowing five transfers of allegiance and declaring three other athletes eligible for […]
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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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