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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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TAEKWONDO: Turkey claims five wins at U.S. Open in Las Vegas

A strong international field was in Las Vegas for the annual U.S. Open, with three 2017 World Championships medalists claiming wins, and a major...

LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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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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TAEKWONDO: Four golds for Korea in Grand Prix Final

The site was pretty exotic: Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, but Korea was once again on top of the standings in the World...

TAEKWONDO Preview: Grand Prix Final starts in the UAE

The final stop in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix for 2018 is in Fujairah (UAE), with only 16 athletes per weight class competing. The...

TAEKWONDO: Britain shines in Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester

Home cooking means medals. Britain’s taekwondo squad showed up in force and fought to an impressive five-medal performance at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester (GBR). Great Britain produced winners in Jade Jones in the women’s -57 kg class and Lauren Williams in the -67 kg class and then earned a silver from 2017 […]
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TAEKWONDO Preview: Star-studded Grand Prix set for Manchester

The final “regular season” Grand Prix tournament is ready to start in Manchester (GBR), with all eight of the top-ranked fighters in the Olympic categories on the entry lists. The top seeds and their current world rankings: Men: -58 kg: 1. Tae-Hun Kim (KOR: 1) 2. Mikhail Artamonov (RUS: 3) -68 kg: 1. Dae-Hoon Lee […]
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TAEKWONDO: Korea wins 3, McPherson wins -67 kg class in Taoyuan

The third of five World Taekwondo Grand Prix tournaments in 2018 marked the first ever in Chinese Taipei, in Taoyuan. But the headline was the same: three wins for the Koreans. Thrice World Champion Dae-Hoon Lee set a new standard for the Grand Prix, winning the men’s -68 kg class for his second Grand Prix […]
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TAEKWONDO Preview: Third Grand Prix lands in Chinese Taipei

The third of five stops on the World Taekwondo Grand Prix circuit is this weekend in Taoyuan (TPE), with competition in the eight Olympic classes. The top seeds (★ = 2017 World Champion, but not necessarily at this weight): Men: ∙ -58 kg: 1. Tae-hun Kim (KOR) ★ 2. Mikhail Artamonov (RUS) ∙ -68 kg: […]
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TAEKWONDO: Korea tops medal count at Moscow Grand Prix

It was a good weekend for Korea’s top-seeded and no. 1-ranked So-Hui Kim at -49 kg, but no other top seed won at the Moscow Grand Prix, the second of the season. Kim’s win was one of three – among eight weight classes in the event – with Jun Jang winning in the men’s -58 […]
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Second Grand Prix starts in Moscow

The second World Taekwondo Grand Prix of the season is on in Moscow, with competition in the eight Olympic classes from Friday through Sunday. The top seeds (and current world rankings): Men: -58 kg: 1. Jose Tortosa Cabrera (ESP: 2) 2. Mikhail Artamonov (RUS: 3) -68 kg: 1. Jaouad Achab (BEL: 3) 2. Alexey Denisenko […]
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USADA survey: U.S. athletes believe doping is being better controlled

TSX HEADLINES – for August 10, 2018: There was a time when, sadly, American athletes were at the forefront of doping in Olympic sports. But things have changed. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency just released the results of an 83-question survey from 2017, in which nearly 900 U.S. athletes who are part of the USADA drug-testing […]
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The IAAF shows an iron hand to Russia on doping … and it’s...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 30, 2018: The president of the International Olympic Committee said he was ready to welcome Russia back into the Olympic Movement. The International Association of Athletics Federations – the IAAF – said not so fast. At its Council meeting last week, the IAAF’s task force on the Russian issue maintained […]
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U.S. athletes tell Congress: Fix the “unregulated monopoly” you set up in 1978

TSX HEADLINES – for July 27, 2018: The U.S. Senate Sub-Committee hearing on “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” last Tuesday focused mostly on the sexual abuse issues at the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. But the most important part of the hearing was the […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Hey IOC, follow golf’s lead to fix your Olympic bid (and cost) crisis

TSX HEADLINES – for July 4, 2018: Sure, it’s a holiday, but no one told the Olympic world about it! Amid a wild week of events, with the World Cup continuing, Wimbledon and the Tour de France starting and a sensational Diamond League ahead in Lausanne on Thursday, former PGA top-100 money winner and Olympics […]
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FIFA’s evaluators have warned the Congress: choose Morocco at your own risk

TSX HEADLINES – for June 4, 2018: Evaluation reports of bids for major events like the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are usually couched in dry, technical language and are often excellent as cures for insomnia or as doorstops. The report on the two bids for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, between Morocco […]
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Will Ashton Eaton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s world records be buried in Berlin?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 1, 2018: Two of the most cherished world records in track & field are Ashton Eaton’s decathlon mark of 9,045 points and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s 7,291 points in the heptathlon. But those records may be short-lived, thanks to two rising stars whose focus is on the European Championships in Berlin’s Olimpiastadion […]
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How the Oswald Commission is finding Russian athletes guilty of doping

PALM DESERT, December 1, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission – better known as the Oswald Commission – has been handing down penalties for doping against Russian athletes throughout the month of November. But on Monday (27th), the first detailed explanation of how the Commission’s findings were arrived at were made public. It’s […]
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