Between Scylla and Charybdis: IOC president Thomas Bach

PALM DESERT, November 3, 2017 – The famed Greek poet Homer wrote about two terrors that had to be faced at the same time in the seas between Troy and Ithaca when Odysseus tried to get home after the Trojan War: Scylla and Charybdis.

Which path to take, which ordeal to face? A similar situation now faces International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach of Germany. Ban Russia from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games because of its manipulation of drug testing at the 2014 Winter Games it hosted in Sochi? Let Russian athletes compete because some of them might be clean?

Either way, there will be criticism, but based on what happened in 2016 and Bach’s speech at the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees this week, his approach seems clear. Get the background and the details in our Lane One commentary, plus:

= p. 5/Anti-Doping: Two Russian skiers disqualified from 2014 Games for doping;
= p. 5/Athletics: USA Track & Field Hall of Fame class of 2017 inducted in New York;
= p. 6/Weightlifting: USA Weightlifting names candidates for 2017 World Champs in Anaheim;
= p. 7/Athletics: Meb Keflezighi to finish his marathon career where it started: New York!
= p. 9/Figure Skating: Audi Cup of China on this weekend in third ISU Grand Prix.