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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Who is Kenny Bednarek and how did he just run...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● It’s a World Championship year, so crazy things are happening. Like Kenny Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College running a wind-aided 19.49 in the prelims of the National Junior College Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico. What? 19.49? What? […]
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LANE ONE: Olympic budget pressures mean nothing to those who aren’t paying for...

Spending someone else’s money is pretty easy. The Olympic Movement has been great at it for decades. The International Olympic Committee, especially under the administration of President Thomas Bach (GER), has found that host cities have gotten tired of the continuous bleating from it, from the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, and has […]
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LANE ONE: Remembering the day the Olympic Movement didn’t collapse: 8 May 1984

(This is a reprint of our Lane One column of 9 May 2018, which was available in our old PDF format and not as...

THE BIG PICTURE: Bach signals AIBA’s days may be numbered

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will meet on 22 May in Lausanne to determine whether the International Boxing Association – known by its French acronym, AIBA – should operate the Olympic Boxing tournament in Tokyo in 2020. The IOC’s President, Thomas Bach (GER), made his clearest statements yet that indicate his organization does not […]
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LANE ONE: With just more than a year to go, how ready Tokyo...

In remarks to the Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Assembly last Saturday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany told the delegates: “With the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the athletes will have so much to look forward to. As John can confirm, the preparations and the level of organisation of our […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Raelene Boyle rightly calls on the IOC to redress East...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Meeting drew a lot of attention over the weekend, with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visiting and speaking to the assembly. The delegates – and Bach – also heard from Raelene Boyle, now […]
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LANE ONE: The Court of Arbitration’s decision against Caster Semenya was about biology,...

Every law school student hears, early in their first year of classes, that “hard cases make bad law.” The narrative of a particular case, the facts involved and the stakes can lead to decisions which do not follow the logic of the law, but produce some tortured conclusion that ends up creating more problems that […]
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LANE ONE: Beginning of the end for the Russian doping scandal, as WADA...

The seemingly endless saga of Russian and one of the largest doping scandals in history may be moving toward its final chapter after a major breakthrough was made public on Tuesday. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that it had successfully retrieved some 2,262 samples held at the former Moscow Laboratory, including separate “A” and “B” […]
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LANE ONE: The LA28-USOC deal with NBC could be just the beginning

Words like “visionary” and “unprecedented” and “revolutionary” have been thrown about over the past week about the agreement between NBCUniversal, the Los Angeles 2028 organizing committee and the United States Olympic Committee to combine their sales efforts. In fact, this might only be the beginning. The deal was hailed as a game-changer, but it really […]
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LANE ONE: At the Int’l Athletes Forum, WADA admits to be being “very...

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and others in the anti-doping movement have been rather upbeat in recent months about the progress against doping worldwide. But once you ask some questions, you find out that there is a long way to go. Asked what could be achieved if WADA had more money, Frederic Donze, its Chief […]
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LANE ONE: Morning swimming and track finals in Tokyo are the price of...

“Having finals in the morning, as requested by the International Olympic Committee, will enhance the visibility of athletics across all time zones.” That comment from IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy sums up the news from the release of the session-by-session schedule by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizing committee, with all of the swimming finals in […]
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LANE ONE: “Show me the money” was the first order of business at...

The International Olympic Committee assembled about 350 current and former athletes from 185 countries at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne (SUI) for the ninth International Athlete Forum over the weekend and felt it necessary to talk money before everything else. The conference had sessions on anti-doping, athlete career transition, mental health and a lot […]
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LANE ONE: The anti-doping fight isn’t easy and it’s going to get harder...

There appears to be considerable momentum in the fight against doping in the aftermath of the exposure of the Russian doping program beginning in 2015. The testing program and investigative arm of the World Anti-Doping Agency continues to grow, the new International Testing Agency promises to provide a completely independent process of doping control for […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Swedish government gets behind the Stockholm-Are bid … sort of

In what was essentially a fish-or-cut bait scenario, the Swedish national government finally indicated that it would supply the necessary guarantees to support the Stockholm-Are bid, with a formal announcement coming soon. Following up on the support announced by the Italian government for the Milan-Cortina bid last week, the Swedish reply was muted. While the […]
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LANE ONE: Russian involvement in elections is nothing compared to what they’re doing...

The latest turn in the saga of the International Boxing Association came last Thursday when the Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev, offered to pay more than $16 million to clear AIBA’s debts, on the condition that the sport be retained in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was only the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Italian government to agree to modest support program for Milan-Cortina...

The key, distinguishing feature of the bid process for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is the lack of national funding guarantees for either of the candidates: Stockholm-Are in Sweden or Milan-Cortina in Italy. Without any other choices, the International Olympic Committee is moving ahead with the procedure, to select one of the two as host, […]
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LANE ONE: Thomas Bach is changing the IOC into something totally new, but...

Meetings of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board draw quite a bit of media attention, even though there is often not a single athlete in attendance. There are some former athletes, like gold-medal fencer Thomas Bach (GER), the IOC President since 2013, and American rowing bronze medalist Anita DeFrantz, who are members of the Executive […]
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LANE ONE: The strange story of the International Boxing Association gets even stranger

As had been expected, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board took no action concerning the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on the final day of its meetings in Lausanne (SUI) on Thursday. At the news briefing following, IOC spokesman Christian Klaue (GER) stated: “We also heard today the intermediate report of the Inquiry Committee on the […]
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LANE ONE: Thomas Bach’s IOC wants “to get the couch potatoes off the...

The focus of the Olympic Movement has changed. It was, until very recently, to stage the greatest sports spectacle in the world. But in a 54-minute news conference following the second day of International Olympic Committee Executive Board meetings, IOC chief Thomas Bach clearly signaled that the technical organization of the Games will more and […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: AIBA releases interim financials showing it will die if not...

The International Boxing Association posted its interim financial statements for the six months ending 31 December 2018, with Executive Director Tom Virgets (USA) announcing that “Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow of over $2,000,000 annually, to a […]
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