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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Semenya’s appeal of IAAF regulations filed with the Swiss Federal...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● As promised, South Africa’s Olympic 800 m champ Caster Semenya filed an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s approval of the female eligibility regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The […]
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LANE ONE: The reasons behind the IOC’s suspension of AIBA, or what a...

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommended the suspension the International Boxing Association (“AIBA”) from its role as the governing body of Olympic boxing, and to run the 2020 Olympic boxing tournament itself. This highly unusual and possibly unprecedented action was the culmination of an 18-month build-up of concerns by the IOC. And […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but organized by the IOC,...

/Updated: see footnote/The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board kept its promise to the athletes. There will be a boxing tournament at the Tokyo Games in 2020, but the International Boxing Association – AIBA – will not organize it. The IOC’s statement included: “After a thorough discussion, the IOC EB recommended to the IOC Session that […]
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LANE ONE: Gyarfas responds: “I didn’t commit any crime” plus the day of...

As a result of our Lane One story on Monday about the international aquatics federation – FINA – having an accused murderer as a member of its Board and governing council, and as the Technical Delegate for Artistic Swimming at the forthcoming World Championships in Korea, we heard from … the accused himself. Tamas Gyafas […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Bach signals AIBA’s days may be numbered

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will meet on 22 May in Lausanne to determine whether the International Boxing Association – known by its French acronym, AIBA – should operate the Olympic Boxing tournament in Tokyo in 2020. The IOC’s President, Thomas Bach (GER), made his clearest statements yet that indicate his organization does not […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Raelene Boyle rightly calls on the IOC to redress East...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Meeting drew a lot of attention over the weekend, with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visiting and speaking to the assembly. The delegates – and Bach – also heard from Raelene Boyle, now […]
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LANE ONE: Russian involvement in elections is nothing compared to what they’re doing...

The latest turn in the saga of the International Boxing Association came last Thursday when the Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev, offered to pay more than $16 million to clear AIBA’s debts, on the condition that the sport be retained in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was only the […]
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LANE ONE: The strange story of the International Boxing Association gets even stranger

As had been expected, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board took no action concerning the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on the final day of its meetings in Lausanne (SUI) on Thursday. At the news briefing following, IOC spokesman Christian Klaue (GER) stated: “We also heard today the intermediate report of the Inquiry Committee on the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: AIBA releases interim financials showing it will die if not...

The International Boxing Association posted its interim financial statements for the six months ending 31 December 2018, with Executive Director Tom Virgets (USA) announcing that “Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow of over $2,000,000 annually, to a […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: AIBA accepts Rakhimov’s resignation, names Mohamed Moustahsane as President

The Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) met by teleconference over the weekend and accepted the resignation of Gafur Rakhimov (UZB) and nominated the head of the African Boxing Confederation, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane as the Interim President. Moustahsane, 50, is a medical doctor who started in boxing as a ringside physician, then the […]
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LANE ONE: Weightlifting confirmed for Paris 2024 by the IOC Executive Board

The International Weightlifting Federation was the big winner on the first day of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board in Lausanne (SUI) on Tuesday, winning confirmation of its place on the program of the 2024 Olympic Games. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell (AUS) told reporters: “Today, the Executive Board noted a number of areas that […]
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LANE ONE: Crucial IOC Executive Board meeting this week in Switzerland could impact...

We’re going to have some interesting days starting on Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board meets in Lausanne (SUI). A series of issues which have been simmering for months might come to a boil … or maybe not. But there is a lot of interest in what the IOC is going to do […]
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BOXING: AIBA President Rakhimov “to step aside” with IOC Executive Board meeting next week

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board meeting starts next Tuesday in Lausanne (SUI) and the status of the International Boxing Association (“AIBA”) is on...

THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing federation implements judging challenge rule

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) completed two days of Executive Committee meetings in Istanbul (TUR), with a significant modification to its competition format that recognizes the continuing frustration with refereeing and judging at its championship events. AIBA’s statement noted that “the new protest bout rule was passed with unanimous support, this new rule featuring a […]
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LANE ONE: Can it get any worse for boxers training for the 2020...

If you’re a boxer with Olympic aspirations, this has to be a difficult time, because all you can do is wait. You’re training, working and sweating, watching the calendar head toward 26-28 March. A major competition? Regional championship? World championship? Nope. The next meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board, when more details about […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC starts boxing inquiry with 41 questions

The International Olympic Committee’s inquiry into boxing has finally gotten started. The International Boxing Association, known by its old French acronym of AIBA, is in danger of being removed as the governing body of the sport by the IOC, and the sport’s place on the 2020 Olympic program is in jeopardy. Issues with judging, governance, […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but...

As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the most gut-wrenching over the course of the year. We’ve identified our top 10 stories of the year in Olympic sport, with today’s edition profiling nos. 10-6: 10. Cycling: Britain sweeps the […]
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BOXING: AIBA wants to meet ASAP with IOC Working Group

In the aftermath of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board’s decision to form an ad hoc committee to examine whether the International Boxing Association...

LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power...

Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a sports governing body. What they do – and just as importantly – how they do it will re-shape the relationship between the IOC and the International Sports Federations and the USOC […]
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