TSX HEADLINES – for November 21, 2018: The Olympic Movement was shaken to its core by the revelations of Russian whistle-blowers who revealed the state-run doping program in force from 2011-15.

It caught the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the international federations off guard and not quite sure how to deal with the issues … and with Russia.

At first there was indecision, especially for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Then a process for punishment and reinstatement was put in place by two of the international federations. Now, the International Biathlon Union has set down a determined, thorough protocol to combat doping in Russia … and elsewhere if the need arises.

What’s the plan? We have the details in our Lane One commentary, plus previews of a busy weekend of action in Olympic sport:

(1) THE TICKER: USA Gymnastics is still alive and wants its members to know it, plus USA Swimming hands out its annual awards at the Golden Goggles gala!

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The IOC is getting serious about countries making it hard on athletes from controversial places like Kosovo, and sent a written warning about it … with a veiled threat!

(3) GYMNASTICS: The famed Turnier des Meister apparatus World Cup is in Cottbus, Germany this weekend, with 14 medalists from recent World Championships, including Jade Carey from the U.S.

(4) FOOTBALL I: Close, but no cigar for a very youthful U.S. men’s team, which fought Italy to a draw after 90 minutes … but lost, 1-0, after 94 …

(5) FOOTBALL II: Old foes U.S. and Mexico will play for the CONCACAF men’s U-20 Championship on Wednesday in Florida after the U.S. defeated Honduras and Mexico advanced on “good sportsmanship” vs. Panama?

This issue includes a ON DECK previews in Badminton ~ Fencing ~ Freestyle Skiing ~ Gymnastics ~ Table Tennis ~ Taekwondo; SCOREBOARD reports on Football, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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