Behind-the-scenes compromise has WADA poised to reinstate Russia on Thursday

TSX HEADLINES – for September 17, 2018: A sudden turn in the story of Russian doping and its suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency: WADA appears ready to authorize reinstatement! A quiet exchange of letters between the Russian Sports Ministry and the WADA leadership starting last June led to an unexpected recommendation that Russia’s Anti-Doping (more…)

Tokyo 2020 swimming schedule will allow six medals each for Ledecky & Dressel

TSX HEADLINES – for September 14, 2018: The detailed schedule for the 2020 Olympic swimming competition has been released by the Tokyo organizing committee. What it tells us is what to expect from American stars like Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel. Ledecky caught a couple of breaks with the introduced of new events to the (more…)

USOC working smartly to maintain U.S. collegiate Olympic-sport programs

TSX HEADLINES – for September 12, 2018: The United States Olympic Team would be crippled without the contributions of collegiate athletes. But with all the turmoil in collegiate sports, the future of Olympic sports programs at the major colleges is far from assured. So the United States Olympic Committee decided to do something about it. (more…)

Decision day coming this week for Calgary (and the IOC) for 2026

TSX HEADLINES – for September 10, 2018: To bid or not to bid? That is the question in front of the Calgary City Council this week, as it considers a vote to end the city’s effort to land the Olympic Winter Games in 2026. Naturally, the financial projections which are supposed to be revealed on (more…)

Korea’s Gangwon Province pops the IOC’s cost-containment balloon

TSX HEADLINES – for September 7, 2018: Six months after the closing of the PyeongChang Winter Games and Paralympic Games, the host Gangwon Province is reported to be in the midst of “conflict with locals and unpaid wages continue to plague the local government, while the astronomically expensive venues sit empty.” The governor of the (more…)

A bad Asian Games for boxing; will it be knocked out for 2020?

TSX HEADLINES – for September 5, 2018: AIBA, the international federation for boxing, has been having a rough time. Allegations of financial mismanagement, mass suspensions of judges at the Rio Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee threatening to expel it from the Tokyo Games in 2020. So the recent Asian Games – attended in (more…)

Elite U.S. athletes won’t like this: average USOC grant in 2017 was $9,404

TSX HEADLINES – for September 3, 2018: The United States Olympic Committee released its annual report and financial and tax statements for 2017, detailing more than $213 million in revenues and almost the same in cash expenses. Hidden in all the numbers and charts were the grants made directly to athletes last year and the (more…)

Let’s make the Decathlon and Heptathlon more like the Modern Pentathlon!

Decathlete Ashton Eaton (Photo courtesy Erik van Leeuwen via Wikipedia Commons)TSX HEADLINES – for August 31, 2018: Heard the joke about which is more thrilling: observing a decathlon (or heptathlon) or watching paint dry? Since IAAF President Sebastian Coe is looking for new ideas to pep up the sport, how about making the multi-events more (more…)

Better than Bolt? Noah Lyles isn’t yet, but he’s more entertaining

TSX HEADLINES – for August 29, 2018: One of the highlight events of the IAAF Diamond League final from Zurich on Thursday will be the men’s 200 meters, because of one man: Noah Lyles. The bubbly 21-year-old is undefeated over two years and has compiled one of the best seasons in history in 2018, including (more…)

Want to promote your sport? Start with better statistics!

TSX HEADLINES – for August 27, 2018: One of the great gifts of sports is statistics. The availability of points, times and scores allow us to compare athletic achievements, sometimes across decades or even more than a century. So why don’t more international sports federations grab hold of this key opportunity? Let’s face it: even (more…)