Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport:
Friday: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board announced the new qualification process for boxing for the 2020 Tokyo Games, effectively sealing the fate of AIBA as the no-long-governing body for the sport. But what does this mean for the future of boxing? And what about takeovers of other federations? They’re already happening!
THE BIG PICTURE
Tuesday: Russia’s Mariya Lasitskene may not say much during a track meet, but is she suddenly the catalyst who will change Russian athletics from doping-infested to doping-averse?
Thursday: A world best for 300 m for Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas, a world leader in the men’s javelin by Magnus Kirt (EST) and the women’s high jump by Mariya Lasitskene (RUS) at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, plus World Champions Kevin Mayer (FRA) and Nafi Thiam (BEL) in the dec and hep at Decastar in Talence this weekend!
Thursday: The U.S. women finished the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s group stage undefeated by beating Sweden, 2-0, and set a record for goals in group play. But Europe qualified eight of the 16 elimination-round teams; the real tournament starts Saturday.
Thursday: Surprise new national champions in Skeet: 21-year-old Nic Moschetti and 17-year-old Austen Smith, both of whom had to out-shoot World Champions to claim their first national titles!
Tuesday: The defending champion U.S. women have locked up a spot in the 2019 FIVB Nations League final round, and are one of five teams with 10-3 records at the top of the standings. The U.S. men? Well, not so good, but they’re the host country for the finals, so they’re in too.
Highlights of the coming week, with previews in the coming days on TheSportsExaminer.com:
● IOC: Selection of the host for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
● Athletics: Coming to Stanford … the 2019 IAAF Diamond League’s Pre Classic!
And more on the real start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup: the knock-out round.