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KARATE: Four world champions triumph in Premier League Shanghai

A huge field of 523 karatekas from 70 countries piled into the Gymnasium of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics for the fourth Karate1...

KARATE Preview: All 12 World Champions fighting at Fourth Premiere League in Shanghai

One of the best events of the year should be this week’s Karate 1 Premier League tournament in Shanghai (CHN), with 543 fighters from...

KARATE: Ukraine, Japan and Turkey strongest in Premiere League 3 in Rabat

A huge field of 595 fighters from 75 countries lined up for the third Karate1 Premiere League tournament in Rabat (MAR), with three countries...

KARATE Preview: Nine world champs in third Premier League tourney in Morocco

The third installment of the Karate1 Premier League is in Rabat (MAR), with 676 karatekas from 80 registered for competition in 10 classes. The...

KARATE: U.S. wins four classes in Pan American Champs in Panama City

The 23rd Pan American Championships in Panama City (PAN) was a good one for the U.S., with four winners and 10 total medals. The...

LANE ONE: A call to eliminate guns from the Games, but that doesn’t...

The highly-respected Alan Abrahamson, one of the best commentators on Olympic sport, wrote on his 3WireSports site last Saturday that: “The Games and the values for which the Olympics purport to be about — excellence, friendship, respect and, by extension, tolerance — are the very thing that stand in marked contrast to an abhorrent shooting […]
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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: 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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KARATE: Japan, France and Turkey win three each, Iran earns seven medals in Dubai

A huge field of 702 karatekas were in Dubai (UAE) for the second Karate 1 Premier League tournament, with France, Japan and Turkey grabbing...

KARATE Preview: Second Premier League tournament starts in Dubai

A strong field is entered for the second Karate 1 Premier League event of the season, in Dubai (UAE). The top entries (by world...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 28 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 … and a lot happened: LANE ONE Monday: The International Paralympic Committee impressively and decisively dealt with the anti-Semitic stance of the Malaysian government by removing July’s World Para Swimming Championships […]
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KARATE: Japan wins four classes and France two in Premier 1 League opener in...

The first Karate 1 Premier League event of 2019 drew a big field of 755 karatekas from 80 nations to compete at the Stade...

KARATE Preview: Karate 1 Premier League starts in Paris for 2019

The ninth season of the Karate 1 Premier League starts in Paris (FRA) this weekend at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin, in five classes...

LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. But it’s hardly the first instance of the USOC getting involved – and in some cases, actually running – a national governing body. In fact, since the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC says no events for countries that don’t admit everyone

The International Olympic Committee has come out with its most direct statement yet on the question of issue of athletes competing in international events in countries which do not recognize their home nation. “The most recent example is in Spain, where sporting delegations from Kosovo have encountered recurrent difficulties with regard to their participation in […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC tells Spain to admit Kosovan athletes … or else!

In a comment to the InsideTheGames Web site, the deputy director of the IOC, Pere Miro (ESP) made it clear that the conditions under which athletes from Kosovo were required to compete at last week’s World Karate Championships in Madrid (ESP) are unacceptable. Spain has no diplomatic relations with Kosovo, and while their athletes could […]
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KARATE: Japan tops World Championships medal table

As Karate’s debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo draws closer and closer, interest in its World Championships has increased. Held every two years, the 2018 edition in Madrid (ESP) showed that the event will be highly popular with the home audience as the Japanese team topped the medal table. Japan won four gold […]
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KARATE Preview: World Championships underway in Madrid

The 24th world championships in Karate started on Tuesday at the WiZink Center in Madrid, with a record total of 1,117 entries from 140...

KARATE: Japan wins seven at Premier League finale in Tokyo

The final Karate1 Premier League tournament for 2018 was held in the famed Bodokhan Hall in Tokyo (JPN), with dominating results for the host country. In a huge field of 598 fighters from 69 countries, Japan won seven of the 14 events and piled up 12 men’s medals and 11 in the women’s division for […]
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