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 […]
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 […]
The IWF’s World Cup, part of the qualifying program for the 2020 Tokyo Games, was a showcase for the host Chinese, who won 10...
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 […]
There wasn’t much surprise from the conference-call meeting of the World Ani-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd) as it confirmed the continuation of Russia’s status as a “compliant” member of the anti-doping community … for now. The collective anger of those who want Russia re-suspended for its state-sponsored doping program from 2011-15 has been […]
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, […]
For a sport which is under threat of removal from the 2024 Olympic program by the International Olympic Committee, the weekend brought bad news....
Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
There’s no question that the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships in Ashgabat (TKM) will be remembered for China’s dominance and the avalanche of world records thanks to the changes in weight classes from eight to 10 for both men and women. However, there are legacy considerations to this championship which will not be known for some […]
It’s still not a fair comparison since the Eastern European teams which caused so much grief for the International Weightlifting Federation are not yet...
The International Weightlifting Federation’s 2018 World Championships continues in Ashgabat (TKM), with China’s Wei Deng continuing her dominance with a fourth world title, winning...
Changing weight classes always creates a tsunami of new world records and with the International Weightlifting Federation moving from eight to 10 classes for...
Although the International Weightlifting Federation has worked vigorously to change its status as a center of doping, it’s not cleared yet by the International...
Should athletes run the sports they participate in? The key exchanges of Wednesday’s fourth hearing on “Protecting U.S. Amateur Athletes: Examining Abuse Prevention Efforts Across the Olympic Movement” before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security came near the end of the session with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) asking […]
The Pan American Junior Championships were a showcase for the host Colombians, with nine wins in the combined totals, including six men’s events and three women’s. Counting all classes in each division – Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Combined – Colombia took 22 medals in the men’s weight (19-3-0, with Venezuela (2-5-4) and the U.S. […]
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia still has a week to go, but it will take a stunning turn to keep Japan’s teenage swim star, Rikako Ikee, from being the star of the event. She finished off her Asian Games with a sixth gold medal, winning the 50 m Freestyle in an Asian Games 24.53, […]
TSX HEADLINES – for July 16, 2018: The 2018 World Cup in Russia is over and except for French fans waiting to buy shirts with two stars on them, the memory is already fading. But there will be a legacy from Russia 2018, worn around the necks of future spectators in World Cups and likely […]
TSX HEADLINES – for July 9, 2018: The iconic World War II U.S. General George S. Patton used to quote Napoleon’s maxim, L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace: “Audacity, audacity, always audacity.” With Graz’s withdrawal from the 2026 Winter Games race and the field shrinking, could this be the right time for the International Olympic Committee to […]
TSX HEADLINES – for May 28, 2018: The core of the United States Olympic Committee’s response to the sexual abuse scandal engulfing multiple sports and their national governing bodies is the establishment and opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Its work is to enforce the U.S. SafeSport Code, a 40-page document that specifies what […]
TSX HEADLINES – for May 23, 2018: One of the positive aspects of the digital age is that audiences can be measured with more precision than ever before. That’s especially true on social media site such as Facebook and Twitter. One such survey of audiences on Twitter showed that while soccer teams in Spain and […]