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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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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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LANE ONE: The IOC can pat itself on the back (for now): the...

It’s so easy to be against everything these days. And should something positive happen, it’s usually discounted as unimportant, or those claiming responsibility grow longer arms to pat themselves – endlessly and loudly – on the back. But it’s worth taking notice of what has happened with the 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid from Italy, […]
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BOBSLED & SKELETON: Almost an Olympic re-run in Two-Man final in Altenberg

The PyeongChang Olympic Two-Man competition was one of the most thrilling ever, with Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Canada’s Justin Kripps tying for the gold...

LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but...

As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the most gut-wrenching over the course of the year. We’ve identified our top 10 stories of the year in Olympic sport, with today’s edition profiling nos. 10-6: 10. Cycling: Britain sweeps the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: ANOC resolves its presidential dilemma, at the request of Sheikh...

The drama over the withdrawal of Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah from his duties as the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees was settled – for now – on Wednesday. The ANOC General Assembly, meeting in Tokyo, approved the postponement of its election for President, with Sheikh Ahmad the only candidate. Until the […]
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IOC: Session approves new members, refugee team and YOG to Senegal

A lot of activity during the final day of the IOC’s Session in Buenos Aires (ARG), including: ∙ Election of nine new members, including six presidents of National Olympic Committees, from Bhutan, Italy, Lithuania, Paraguay, Rwanda and Uganda, and the president of the International Gymnastics Federation, Morinari Watanbe (JPN) and the head of the International […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: “Don’t even consider building a venue if there is not...

Although not designed as an activist organization, the Associated Press is keeping the pressure on officials of the Gangwon Province in Korea with a story on Wednesday headlined “Costly Pyeongchang Olympic venues could eventually be razed.” The story outlined the continuing issues over the future of the alpine skiing course, the hockey and skating arenas, […]
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LANE ONE: Thursday’s decision on RUSADA reinstatement is now about WADA, not Russia

Strange how politics works, turning one thing into another. The protest by a small number of National Football League players to kneel during the playing of the U.S. national anthem – poorly communicated as a stand against racism – morphed into a question of patriotism and love of country. Thursday’s meeting of the World Anti-Doping […]
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OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2018: Korea’s Gangwon Province pops the IOC’s cost-containment balloon

The English-language version of the Korea newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, started the story this way: “Gangwon Province is mired in massive debts after hosting the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year. “The mountainous province with a population of 1.5 million had to host the biggest Winter Olympics so far, and six months on conflict […]
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Bach on why an Olympic Games could be canceled

During his lengthy interview with CNN Money Switzerland host Martina Fuchs, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was asked about the IOC’s financial reserves and he noted that “What we try to have are reserves which could make us surviving the cancellation of an Olympic Games.” Fuchs then followed up and asked if cancellation of […]
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