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LANE ONE: Judo’s fear of gambling means no one knows who is competing...

The International Judo Federation has a reputation for efficiency and thoroughness, both traits endemic to that sport. It has a comprehensive World Tour, continental championships, fairly easy-to-follow rankings systems and a modest prize money program, which – rare among the International Federations – requires that coaches receive 20% of the winnings from a World Tour […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Lyles to run only 200 m at USATF Nationals; Rakhimov...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Ending considerable speculation, Noah Lyles and his coach confirmed that he would only be contesting the 200 m at the USA Track & Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at the end of the month. That means he will […]
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LANE ONE: You want transparency? Look to World Rowing and you will see it,...

There has been much made of the lack of transparency, not to mention outright secrecy or deceit within the International Federations which govern sports...

LANE ONE: The end of the 11,000-athlete Olympics is coming, and it is...

Many who have watched the unchecked growth of mega-events like the Olympic Games have wondered when the tipping point will come, when someone will come along and finally reduce the size of this event – and others like it – to something that might be manageable. Maybe it’s the athletes themselves. Listen to Callum Skinner, […]
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HEARD AT HALFTIME: Bubka and Popov fiercely refute Cabral’s testimony on Rio bribes;...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXXI Olympiad: Rio 2016 ● In the wake of the stunning testimony of former Rio State Governor Sergio Cabral on Thursday, explaining in detail how he approved $2 million to bribe members of the International Olympic Committee in 2009 […]
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LANE ONE: Ex-Rio governor tells court of $2 million in bribes to buy...

Sergio Cabral, who served as the governor of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro from 2007-14, told a Brazilian court on Thursday that he authorized the payment of $2 million in bribes to former International Olympic Committee member and International Association of Athletics Federations chief Lamine Diack (SEN) to buy votes of IOC members […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC’s glowing financial statements, and how they might go up...

The International Olympic Committee released its 2018 Annual Report last week, with a complete set of financial statements that provide a fascinating look at just how much money it has, and just as importantly, what it does with it. The IOC is doing pretty well. As it noted, “The IOC’s strong financial foundation is driven […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Diack indictment shows corruption on a grand scale; USA Synchro...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The German ARD network managed to obtain a copy of the indictment brought by the French authorities against former IAAF President Lamine Diack, his son Papa Massata Diack and four others associated with them, including the IAAF’s own anti-doping chief, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC Session confirms all of the Bach-led reforms for now...

The International Olympic Committee membership agreed with all of the initiatives and reforms passed by its Executive Board and gave its President, Thomas Bach (GER), a sweeping confirmation of the path he has chose for the organization. Meeting in Lausanne (SUI) beginning the day after the 125th anniversary of the revival of the Olympic Games, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC rejects sentimentalism and selects Milan-Cortina while L.A.’s Mayor says “I...

The International Olympic Committee made a clear choice for fiscal and political reality with the selection of the Milan-Cortina bid for the 2026 Olympic...

LANE ONE: IOC members will choose the 2026 host on Monday, but are...

The International Olympic Committee membership will meet on Monday in Lausanne (SUI) to select the host city/region for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, but the chatter is actually about the future of the Games beyond 2028. After Monday’s vote, the Session will take up a series of issues, including the newest reform plan for selecting […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Sensational 10.73s for Thompson and Fraser-Pryce in Jamaican Trials!

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● True, Usain Bolt is retired, but Jamaica’s women’s 100 m Olympic gold medalists are back on track after one of the great races ever in the Jamaican national championships in Kingston on Friday night. The results speak for themselves: 1. […]
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LANE ONE: The death of AIBA is upon us, but what happens after...

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board is meeting in Lausanne (SUI), just ahead of the IOC Session next week, which will include the selection – on Monday – of the host for the 2026 Winter Games. High on the agenda this week was the disclosure of the program for boxing qualification for the 2020 Tokyo […]
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LANE ONE: The 2026 Winter Games host will be selected in seven days;...

Despite all of the many stories written about the implosion of interest in the Olympic Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee will make exactly the choice it wanted for 2026, awarding the event to one of two European candidates. It will be either Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, or Sweden’s Stockholm and Are (and […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Not so fast on Australia for 2032, no racing at...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXVth Olympiad ● International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach (GER) told reporters during a Friday teleconference that the possibility of an award of the 2032 Olympic Games next year – as suggested by Australian IOC member John Coates in […]
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LANE ONE: IOC heavyweight John Coates says the 2032 Olympic Games be awarded...

When Australia’s John Coates speaks about the Olympic Games, it’s worth the time to listen. A senior vice-president of the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2000 Games, he was elected to membership in the International Olympic Committee in 2001, was a vice president from 20013-17 and has been a key advisor to current president […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Still more London doping, Gabe Grunewald passes and Sha’Carri Richardson...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXX Olympiad: London 2012 ● The International Olympic Committee announced yet another doping re-test positive on Wednesday, disqualifying Canoe Sprint C-1 silver medalist Jevgeniy Shuklin of Lithuania. The re-testing process resulted in “a positive test for the prohibited substances […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: London Sunday Times says Russia covered up a doping violation...

If it’s in a British newspaper, the headline has to be dramatic: “Russia faces new Olympics ban over doping” and “There can be no way back for Russia after latest doping scandal.” Those are from the Sunday (2 June) editions of The Sunday Times of London (GBR), concerning a potentially significant new problem for Russia […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Semenya’s appeal of IAAF regulations filed with the Swiss Federal...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● As promised, South Africa’s Olympic 800 m champ Caster Semenya filed an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s approval of the female eligibility regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC keeps changing the Games, and not a minute too...

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has said – with good reason – that the Olympic Movement is in pretty good shape at the moment. Olympic host cities are set through 2028, there are two viable candidates for the 2026 Winter Games and the first-ever Olympic competitions in Africa will be held in 2022 with […]
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