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LANE ONE: Which Olympic sports are going to die?

There was a collective eyebrow-raising in the world of Olympic sports when the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) released its “Future of Global Sport” report on 28 February. In its 46 pages, the collective wisdom of a 17-member, blue-ribbon panel of sports experts – from Olympic and non-Olympic backgrounds – was shared with […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Thailand to skip Olympic weightlifting to atone for eight Worlds...

Weightlifting has become a favored sport in Thailand, especially after the 2016 Olympic Games, in which Thais won four medals, including golds in the women’s 48 kg for Sopita Tanasan and 58 kg, by Sukanya Srisurat. But the Thai weightlifting program was also shamed earlier this year with seven separate announcements of doping positives between […]
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LANE ONE: Agenda 2020 and the future of Baseball, Softball and other sports...

The 21 February announcement that Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Breakdancing were the requested additions to the program of the 2024 Olympic Games by the Paris organizing committee left sports such as Baseball, Softball, Billiards, Chess, Karate and Squash out of the Games. And they are not happy about it. The World Karate Federation has […]
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LANE ONE: The strange case of rowing, Los Angeles and the 1932, 2012,...

The International Olympic Committee has trumpeted the benefits of its Agenda 2020 reform program, one of the first initiatives undertaken by then-new IOC President Thomas Bach in December 2014. Its concepts significantly changed the bidding process for the Olympic Games and Winter Games, in part by emphasizing the use of “existing facilities and the use […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: German Cartel Office relaxes IOC’s Rule 40 restrictions through 2026

A long administrative process that began in 2017 resulted in a decision issued Wednesday (27th) that “extended” the personal advertising activities of German athletes...

LANE ONE: The Paris 2024 legacy will be about athletes, but not Olympians

The Paris 2024 organizing committee created plenty of headlines last week with its announcement that it would ask the International Olympic Committee to approve four “added” sports to the Games: Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Breakdancing. The latter drew most of the attention and the Paris 2024 folks created a gaudy, 29-page press kit (here) […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing federation implements judging challenge rule

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) completed two days of Executive Committee meetings in Istanbul (TUR), with a significant modification to its competition format that recognizes the continuing frustration with refereeing and judging at its championship events. AIBA’s statement noted that “the new protest bout rule was passed with unanimous support, this new rule featuring a […]
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LANE ONE: Think politics and sports don’t mix? They mix, but pretty badly...

During his 20-year term as the head of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage often insisted that “sports and politics don’t mix.” He found out, to his horror and that of the entire world, that they do mix and can mix very badly, as Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 members of the Israeli Olympic delegation at […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Paris 2024 asks for four added sports: three from 2020,...

The International Olympic Committee went back to the past when it allowed Tokyo 2020 to propose added sports for its program, as used to be done through the 1972 Games in Munich. Paris 2024 released its request for four sports – but without any details as to events or competitors – and asked to add […]
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LANE ONE: On volunteerism and the Olympic Games, you see which “economists” actually...

The Associated Press’s Stephen Wade posted a story last Friday entitled “Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?” and proceeded to quote a Drexel Sports Management processor named Joel Maxcy, who called the practice of using volunteers, “To me, it’s very clearly economic exploitation.” The rest of the article struggled to find any prospective volunteers for […]
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LANE ONE: Burger King is not an Olympic sponsor, but it has the...

This is a busy time for the leadership and staff of the International Olympic Committee, even though there is no Olympic Games – winter or summer – in 2019. The IOC and especially the Executive Board have a long list of issues to be dealt with, including the continuing saga of Russia and its standing […]
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LANE ONE: Can it get any worse for boxers training for the 2020...

If you’re a boxer with Olympic aspirations, this has to be a difficult time, because all you can do is wait. You’re training, working and sweating, watching the calendar head toward 26-28 March. A major competition? Regional championship? World championship? Nope. The next meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board, when more details about […]
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LANE ONE: Could Kasper’s outburst lead to a reduction in the size of...

In case you missed it, there was a huge explosion inside the Olympic Movement last week after an interview with Federation Internationale de Ski President Gian-Franco Kasper appeared in the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger. Kasper, a Swiss now 75, has been with the FIS since 1975. He was Secretary-General from 1975-98 and then became its […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Int’l Paralympic Committee reinstates Russia, but with lot of conditions

Since the Russian doping scandal broke in 2015, the International Paralympic Committee has been much stronger in its dealings with its Russian National Paralympic Committee than the International Olympic Committee has been with the Russian Olympic Committee. That continued today (8th), even as the IPC agreed to conditionally re-admit Russia after 29 months on suspension, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC starts boxing inquiry with 41 questions

The International Olympic Committee’s inquiry into boxing has finally gotten started. The International Boxing Association, known by its old French acronym of AIBA, is in danger of being removed as the governing body of the sport by the IOC, and the sport’s place on the 2020 Olympic program is in jeopardy. Issues with judging, governance, […]
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LANE ONE: International Paralympic Committee to Malaysia: no Israel, no World Championships

It has not been lost on observers of the Olympic Movement that if you want to find an organization with a disciplinary backbone, look no further than the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). When the Russian doping scandal popped up prior to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee equivocated and left eligibility […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Bad news for weightlifting after six Thai positives

The International Weightlifting Federation has turned itself inside out trying to eliminate the scourge of doping, but it has been difficult. Despite a massive education and testing program, the IWF has continued on a probationary status by the International Olympic Committee. Its place on the 2020 Tokyo program is assured – but with a significant […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 21 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Monday: Part two of our early-on look at what a Congressional commission reviewing the status of the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. National Governing Bodies might turn […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Another doping positive from London raises the total to 121

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that “Davit Modzmanashvili, 37, of Uzbekistan, competing in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling 120kg event (Qualifications and Finals) in which he ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Modzmanashvili’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC loses Legkov appeal in Swiss Federal court

“It is with disappointment that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been informed of the ruling by the Swiss Federal Tribunal rejecting the IOC appeal against the CAS decision dated 23 April 2018 regarding the Russian Cross Country skier Alexander Legkov.” That was the introduction to the IOC’s statement concerning not only the Legkov case, […]
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