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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Sensational 10.73s for Thompson and Fraser-Pryce in Jamaican Trials!

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● True, Usain Bolt is retired, but Jamaica’s women’s 100 m Olympic gold medalists are back on track after one of the great races ever in the Jamaican national championships in Kingston on Friday night. The results speak for themselves: 1. […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF keeps Russia on suspension, then changes its name to...

No change. That was the decision of the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) concerning the Russian Athletics Federation at its Council meeting in Monaco over the weekend. The RusAF continues on suspension, as it has been since 2015. The IAAF’s Russia Task Force chief, Rune Andersen (NOR) filed a report (available here) which didn’t […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: London Sunday Times says Russia covered up a doping violation...

If it’s in a British newspaper, the headline has to be dramatic: “Russia faces new Olympics ban over doping” and “There can be no way back for Russia after latest doping scandal.” Those are from the Sunday (2 June) editions of The Sunday Times of London (GBR), concerning a potentially significant new problem for Russia […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Kenyan doping still an issue as Kiprop case proceeds with...

While the doping problems in Russia – and the cover-up – are still very much in the news, so is the less-well-publicized, but continuing problem of Kenya. The IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit posted a four-year suspension of 2008 Olympic 1,500 m champion Asbel Kiprop, further plunging the 2011-13-15 World Champion into disgrace. At age 29, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Howman pushing for more innovation in doping control

When David Howman talks, people in the sports world should listen. The former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency is increasingly critical of the standard testing program now in place, which still relies primarily on taking urine samples. Reuters reported on his Monday remarks to a conference of the Partnership for Clean Competition in […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Ten more world leaders, including 21.91 m (71-10 3/4) for Tom...

As the outdoor season gets going, there are plenty of new, outdoor world-leading marks, but hardly any to really be excited about. Of 10 outdoor leaders over the last weekend, the best was a victory for Commonwealth Games champion Tom Walsh (NZL) in the Australian Nationals in Sydney, reaching 21.91 m (71-10 3/4). Good, but […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: 14 outdoor world leaders, but how about 10.91w for 19-year-old Sha’Carri...

A furious weekend of track & field, especially at the Florida Relays, Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational produced more than a dozen world-leading (outdoor) marks. It’s so early in the season that most of them aren’t really that exciting, but some were quite impressive for the end of March: Men: ● 400 m: 45.18, Trevor […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF Council wants to revamp the Diamond League; keeps Russia at bay

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council met in Doha (QAT) and made some major changes to the way the sport will be presented starting in 2020, but also maintained its suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation. Some of the highlights: ● Diamond League to be streamlined in 2020 The IAAF’s Diamond League program […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms 12 Russian track &...

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) came under enormous criticism after reversing 28 suspensions handed out by the International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission last year, mostly on grounds that actual evidence of tampering with samples had not been definitively shown. But on Friday, CAS announced that it had confirmed 12 cases of doping in […]
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ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has been busy, posting notices of suspensions, especially for Kenyan 800 m star Kipyegon Bett. The 2017 World Championships bronze medalist, with a best of 1:43.76 (from 2016), the 20-year-old Bett was guilty of two different violations. He did not appear for an out-of-competition test in February and then use […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: New doping lab to be placed in Kenya

Kenya has been one of the countries significantly impacted by doping issues, but a new development may help to convince its athletes that if they cheat, they will be caught. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that in cooperation with the International Athletics Foundation (IAF), the Athletics Integrity Unit and the Lancet Group East Africa, a […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Bach: Values, passion and possibilities define the Olympic Movement

TSX HEADLINES – for July 23, 2018: There was a lot of interest in The eSports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee last Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, a face-to-face discussion between the gaming world and the Olympic Movement. One of the most interesting sessions was one devoted to how the Olympic Movement itself is […]
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Bach: Values, passion and possibilities define the Olympic Movement

TSX HEADLINES – for July 23, 2018: There was a lot of interest in The eSports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee last Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, a face-to-face discussion between the gaming world and the Olympic Movement. One of the most interesting sessions was one devoted to how the Olympic Movement itself is […]
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Have doping and criminality overtaken sport? David Howman says pay attention!

TSX HEADLINES – for June 29, 2018: In a speech to a high-profile anti-doping conference in Oslo this week, the director of the Athletics Integrity Unit told the attendees that one respected observer has declared that the battle against “systemic, institutionalized, state-organized doping is over” and the dopers won. Moreover, “the criminal underworld are getting […]
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Have doping and criminality overtaken sport? David Howman says pay attention!

TSX HEADLINES – for June 29, 2018: In a speech to a high-profile anti-doping conference in Oslo this week, the director of the Athletics Integrity Unit told the attendees that one respected observer has declared that the battle against “systemic, institutionalized, state-organized doping is over” and the dopers won. Moreover, “the criminal underworld are getting […]
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