After Innsbruck’s repudiation, is the IOC whistling past the Olympic graveyard?

PALM DESERT, October 20, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee is staying cool after the repudiation of the Winter Games bid by Innsbruck and the Tyrol region of Austria last Sunday. Everything will be OK.

But one member – Switzerland’s Rene Fasel – has recognized the danger to the Games: its size. In an interview, he noted some astonishing facts on costs and says action is needed. Olympic historian Dr. Bill Mallon has done the same and shared the figures on how the Games have grown.

The worst part: the IOC itself recognized this before … and has done nothing about it. We have the details in our Lane One commentary, plus:

= p. 7/Triathlon: Pan American Championships this weekend in Ecuador;
= p. 9/Football: U.S. men’s U-17 squad faces England in World Cup quarterfinals;
= p. 9/Football: U.S. women cruise past Korea, 3-1, in New Orleans.