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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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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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ATHLETICS: Famed Zurich meet director Andreas Brugger passes at 91

Sad news from Zurich (SUI), with the news that Andreas Brugger, for 27 years the meet director of Weltklasse im Zurich, passed away on 27 December at age 91. Zurich was already an important stop on the European circuit when Brugger took over in 1973, but he made it into the best invitational meet in […]
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LANE ONE: Echoes of the failed Int’l Track Association in the new Int’l...

Being old does have some benefits. One of them – for as long as it lasts – is memory. When the International Swimming League (ISL) held an athlete’s conference in London (GBR) last week, followed by a self-congratulatory Web posting, there was an echo from long ago. Yes, 46 years ago. In London, ISL founder […]
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ATHLETICS: Why did Allyson Felix have a bad 2018? Good reason!

If you wondered why Allyson Felix was absent from the track for most of 2018, the answer is she was pregnant. In a lengthy “as told to” post on the ESPNW site, Felix shared with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that “So when I ran a 51-second 400 at a race in Poland on June 8 and […]
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ATHLETICS: University of Oregon placed on NCAA probation

The University of Oregon athletic program was placed on two year’s probation after a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hearing found rule violations in the men’s and women’s basketball programs and in women’s track & field. According to The Oregonian, “The case also included academic misconduct by an adjunct instructor who changed a grade for […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF Council maintains its suspension of Russia, as outstanding issues...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintained its stance on the status of the Russian Athletic Federation (RusAF) at its Council meeting in Monaco on Tuesday: Russia is still on suspension. The IAAF statement noted that there are two remaining conditions and both must be fulfilled: ● “The [Athletics Integrity Unit] must confirm that […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF names its Athletes of the Year

The IAAF had a lot of action going in and around its annual gala awards event, held on Monaco on Tuesday (4th). But it recognized its Athletes of the Year with two very deserving recipients: ∙ Marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) was recognized as the men’s Athletes of the Year. He won both the London […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC punches AIBA, is WADA being played for a dope...

Quite a weekend of action off the fields of play, with major developments in the ongoing saga of boxing and the Olympic Games, doping in Russia and the USA Track & Field election for a nominee for the IAAF Council: ∙ The IOC wants to hurt AIBA, but not boxers The International Olympic Committee’s Executive […]
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ATHLETICS: Sydney McLaughlin to be coached by Joanna Hayes

The world leader in the 400 m hurdles for 2018, Sydney McLaughlin went to high school in New Jersey, spent one year in college at Kentucky and then turned pro. She completed her east-to-west journey and is now living in Los Angeles. She announced last week that she will be coached by 2004 Olympic 100 […]
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LANE ONE: Who’s the best? The IAAF is down to its top five...

Apart from the doping, politics, suspensions and court cases, there was some pretty good sport taking place in 2018. The awards are starting to be announced and one of the best of the year-end awards programs is the Athlete of the Year awards in track & field, presented annually in a big gala in Monaco, […]
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ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett suspended for doping

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 medalist, with a best of 1:43.76 (from 2016), the 20-year-old Bett was guilty of two different violations. He did not appear for an out-of-competition test in February and then use […]
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LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
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LANE ONE: Willie Banks seeks to heal USA Track & Field’s open wound

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 mentioned. While USA Gymnastics stands at the edge of dissolution and Congressional inquiries have featured a parade of NGB senior executives from bobsled, figure skating, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and others, track […]
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LANE ONE: Not all hosting costs are going down; Budapest to spend $111...

The plague of high costs which has confounded the International Olympic Committee, especially in attracting cities to host the Olympic Winter Games is spreading to other sports, most notably track & field. It’s true that we’re talking millions vs. billions, but did you know that the 2021 and 2023 IAAF World Track & Field Championships […]
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ATHLETICS: Keitany cruises to fourth New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany, one of the greatest women marathoners in history, placed her name next to marathon legends Grete Waitz and Bill Rodgers in winning her fourth TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday. Only those three have won this race four (or more) times, and Keitany dominated the field, thinning the lead pack from […]
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ATHLETICS PREVIEW: Kamworer and Flanagan to defend New York City Marathon titles

The final World Marathon Majors race for 2018 is the 48th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, coming this Sunday, starting on Staten Island and then racing in all five of the New York City boroughs. The celebrated five-boroughs course began in 1976, but is hardly a time-friendly route for the elite fields. […]
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ATHLETICS: London’s World Cup may have lost GDP 1 million!

The British newspaper The Daily Mail reported that the 14-15 July World Cup national team event held at London’s Olympic Stadium was a significant money loser: “[I]nsiders believe it has cost UKA ‘in excess of £1million’ because of scheduling difficulties, poor ticket sales, issues with major sportswear manufacturers, a lack of appearance money and chaos […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF announces its Athletes of the Year nominees, and you can vote,...

Amid all the doping, politics and money issues, let’s talk about sports for once, as the IAAF announced its Athletes of the Year nominees: Men: ∙ Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) ~ 1,500 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Christian Coleman (USA) ~ 100 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Mondo Duplantis (SWE) […]
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