TSX HEADLINES – for October 5, 2018: Should athletes actually run the organizations which govern their sports in this country?

The fourth hearing of the U.S. Senate sub-committee looking into the sex-abuse scandals in gymnastics and others was fairly desultory for more than an hour, but that changed quickly. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal came on strong at the end, asking the heads of four U.S. national governing bodies directly – and without considering any input from their existing Boards – if they would voluntarily commit to making athletes a majority of their Boards of Directors and committees!

All four NGB heads – from weightlifting, figure skating, swimming and bobsled & skeleton – were asked to respond, on the spot. One said yes, one said no, and two didn’t support an athlete majority, but would agree to an increase from the 20% mandate currently required.

Who said what is detailed in our Lane One commentary, along with a lot of action at the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board meeting in Argentina and spirited soccer and swimming in the U.S. and Hungary:

(1) THE TICKER: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommended that Calgary, Milan-Cortina and Stockholm as candidates for the Olympic Winter Games 2026, leaving Turkey’s bid for Erzurum for another time.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The IOC issued an uncharacteristically strong statement against the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), noting that if it does not change its plan to elect a president who has been branded as aiding criminal organizations, the sport could be removed from the Tokyo Games in 2020!

(3) FOOTBALL: The no. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national team mauled Mexico, 3-0, in its opener of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships!

(4) SWIMMING: A world short-course record by China’s teenage star, Jianjiahe Wang, in the women’s 400 m Freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Budapest, plus a tie of an American Record by Kathleen Baker and two wins for Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu.

(5) VOLLEYBALL: The U.S. women are undefeated and one of four group winners in the FIVB women’s World Championships, and now headed to the second round in Japan!

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Youth Olympic Games ~ Athletics ~ Gymnastics; SCOREBOARD reports on Football ~ Swimming ~ Volleyball, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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