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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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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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LANE ONE: U.S. women’s football stars are not only champions, but a lot...

The excitement of the U.S. women’s triumph in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will resound for some weeks, along with a series of “Victory Tour” matches to begin next month. Jill Ellis’s team was the best in the tournament, set records for the most goals in a game (13) and the most in a […]
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LANE ONE: U.S. Olympic Committee tax return shows $323 million in 2018 revenue,...

As a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Service rules, the United States Olympic Committee is exempt from Federal taxes, but is required to file a publicly-available tax return known as IRS Form 990. The USOC – now U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, or USOPC – posted its 2018 return last week, describing its mission as […]
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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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LANE ONE: On one of track’s best weekends, the sport was humiliated by...

Sunday was a great day for track & field fans, who got to watch two hours of brilliant competition at the Prefontaine Classic, including six world-leading marks, led by a powerful 9.81 100 m by American Christian Coleman over reigning World Champion Justin Gatlin. Moreover, in a meet which was transferred – due to construction […]
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LANE ONE: IOC chief Thomas Bach channels Star Trek’s Captain Kirk to defeat...

Fans of the Star Trek storyline know the reference immediately: the Starfleet Academy exercise in which the freighter Kobayashi Maru is marooned in the Klingon Neutral Zone and the cadets have to decide whether to rescue the ship and crew – and be destroyed by the Klingons – or leave the ship to its fate, […]
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LANE ONE: If you’re an athlete and want to get sponsored, be on Instagram,...

“We think about people you would just want to root for. People who are in interesting sports, people who look like they are engaging,...

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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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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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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LANE ONE: The NCAA is on the way to creating a new 1%:...

After losing some rounds in court battles that did not deliver any clear decisions, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has formed “a working group to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation related to student-athlete name, image and likeness.” What does that mean? U.S. District Court judge Claudia Wilken ruled in […]
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LANE ONE: How the NCAA Championships turned the track & field world around...

To most of the world, the kind of performances seen at last weekend’s NCAA Track & Field Championships seem unimaginable. A meet of college athletes producing nine world-leading marks and completely re-shuffling the possible participants and medalists at the 2019 World Championships and possibly the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo? It happened and this purely […]
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LANE ONE: Is the FIFA Women’s World Cup really going to be decided...

The long-awaited 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France starts on Friday in Paris, with the host and co-favorites France facing South Korea at the Parc de Prices. The tournament will unfold over a month, but the favorites are pretty clear, both according to the betting odds and the results on the field in 2019. […]
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LANE ONE: Finally, it’s time to talk about sponsoring Olympic-sport athletes

  If you’re an athlete in one of the four major professional sports in the U.S. – baseball, basketball, football or ice hockey – you...

LANE ONE: Is the FINA Champions Swim Series the way forward, or a...

The first edition of the FINA Champions Swim Series has now been completed, with three meets and more than $2 million in prize money distributed to the competing athletes. Was it worthwhile, or a waste of time (and money)? It seems to me they were both, but that there is a major flaw in the […]
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LANE ONE: “When traveling to Europe what are things I should bring? Mistakes...

American jumping star Keturah Orji won eight NCAA championships in her four years at Georgia, seven in the triple jump, where she also won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished an unexpected fourth at Rio in her first Olympic Games. Now she’s moved on from her collegiate career and is in the brave new […]
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