Court of Arbitration for Sport decision may hurt Russia more than the IOC

TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 2, 2018: The Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out 28 of the International Olympic Committee’s 39 disqualifications for doping from Sochi 2014 and shortened the suspensions of the other 11 to just the PyeongChang Winter Games.

A set-back for the IOC? Absolutely. But in the longer term, this could be the first step in a sequence that may have a bigger impact on Russian athletes than anyone else.

The issues and explanations are in our first-ever Lane Two commentary, because Lane One is devoted to our comprehensive Winter Games preview of Biathlon – and the one-on-one match-up of two greats in the sport – plus everything else happening in the Olympic world:

(1) THE TICKER: U.S. loses its best men’s Downhiller to an ACL tear, a Russian make-up Olympics for its uninvited athletes, Tokyo 2020 to cost $20 billion now? And Usain Bolt names the five best sprinters in history!

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The CAS decisions are only a start, not the end; the U.S. Justice Department extends its corruption probe to the IAAF World Championships in 2019 (Doha) and 2021 (Eugene), and Hope Solo sues the U.S. Soccer Federation … while running to be its president!

(3) ATHLETICS: The U.S. Cross Country Championships are on this weekend in Florida, and previews of a major indoor meet in Karlsruhe and the 111th Millrose Games in New York.

This issue includes THE BIG PICTURE, a rapid-read status report on Olympic sport; ON DECK previews of Athletics ~ Nordic Combined ~ Rugby ~ Snowboard, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.