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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Still more London doping, Gabe Grunewald passes and Sha’Carri Richardson...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXX Olympiad: London 2012 ● The International Olympic Committee announced yet another doping re-test positive on Wednesday, disqualifying Canoe Sprint C-1 silver medalist Jevgeniy Shuklin of Lithuania. The re-testing process resulted in “a positive test for the prohibited substances […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary ends its 2026 Winter Games bid

The Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games was officially “suspended” by a 15-0 vote of the City Council, following the defeat of the citywide referendum last week. The GamesBids.com site noted that only two bids – Stockholm (SWE) and Milan-Cortina (ITA) – remain as bidders from the seven cities which originally signaled serious interest […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: What happens now in Calgary?

The International Olympic Committee reacted to the public rejection of Calgary’s plan to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games last Tuesday with a shrug, and will carry on with the bids from Italy and Sweden. “It comes as no surprise following the political discussions and uncertainties right up until the last few days,” the […]
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THE 5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary’s new problem is how to fund venue maintenance

The Calgary bid is dead, and one of the results is that no Games funding will become available for the repairs already needed to the winter sports facilities used for the 1988 Games and now 20 years old. A Canada.com story detailed the issue after the defeat of the bid referendum in Calgary, noting that […]
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LANE ONE: Calgary turns away from the 2026 Winter Games by 56-44%

It took a long time to get everyone in who wanted to vote, but Elections Calgary finally announced the results of the city’s referendum on whether Calgary should bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games at 9:58 p.m. Tuesday night: • YES: 132,832 (43.6%) • NO: 171,750 (56.4%) That’s a total of 304,774 ballots cast, a turnout […]
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LANE ONE: Fasten your seat belt: The Olympic Movement has a rough November...

This promises to be a turbulent week for the Olympic Movement with two major off-the-field events taking place in Canada and Azerbaijan and at the end of the month in Japan: • 13 November (Tuesday): Referendum on the city’s bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (CAN). • 15 November (Thursday): Meeting of the World […]
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LANE ONE: Calgary 2026 bid comes back from the dead … on Halloween!

On Wednesday, the Calgary City Council voted 8-7 to kill the city’s bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and yet the bid still lives on and will continue to a public vote on 13 November. How? Because the Council motion to kill the bid required a two-thirds vote – a 10-5 margin – the […]
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LANE ONE: The numbers: Canada, Alberta and Calgary say the 2026 Games are...

The best summary of a wild day of rumors and reporting on Tuesday about whether the Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games would continue came from the Canadian Press: “A Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games appears virtually dead unless a financial rabbit is pulled out of a hat.” […]
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LANE ONE: Realpolitik in Calgary as Mayor Nehshi could end its 2026 bid...

Whether Calgary continues its bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games has come down to a question of money. And the bid could end on Monday. The Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept projected the total cost of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and Winter Paralympic Games at about C$5.46 billion. (C$1 = […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: It’s getting louder in Calgary

The decibel level in Calgary about its potential bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is getting higher. In the aftermath of the Province of Alberta announcing that it would contribute not more than C$700 million, instead of the C$1 billion hoped for in the Calgary 2026 Draft Hosting Plan Concept, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: Alberta pledges C$700 million for Calgary 2026, but no more

Along with the drama in Stockholm, where the city’s 2026 bid will not have municipal government financial support, there was a significant development in Calgary’s 2026 bid. The provincial government of Alberta agreed to support the 2026 Games bid and the staging of the Games in Calgary, and will contribute C$700 million (~$538 million U.S.), […]
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IOC: Session approves new members, refugee team and YOG to Senegal

A lot of activity during the final day of the IOC’s Session in Buenos Aires (ARG), including: ∙ Election of nine new members, including six presidents of National Olympic Committees, from Bhutan, Italy, Lithuania, Paraguay, Rwanda and Uganda, and the president of the International Gymnastics Federation, Morinari Watanbe (JPN) and the head of the International […]
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THE 5-RING CIRCUS: Calgary, Milan-Cortina and Stockholm recommended for 2026 Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommended that the full membership extend invitations to compete for the 2026 Games to three candidates: Calgary (CAN), Milan-Cortina (ITA) and Stockholm (SWE). Left out was Erzurum (TUR), of which the IOC’s Working Group noted “The concentration of investment in general infrastructure such as accommodation, transport, energy and telecoms […]
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LANE ONE: IOC starts answering its bid problems with Allianz sponsorship

It’s no secret that the International Olympic Committee has a “trust” problem. Communities, especially in Europe, have demonstrated via political actions and referenda, that having the Olympic Games in their country or region is not worth the effort. The primary reason given is always money, but the underlying reason is trust. That is, that the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Calgary’s 2026 bid lives another day …

The Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games lived to fight another day after a closed-door, late-night vote continued the bid by a 12-3 vote. The Council members could still kill the bid at a future date, but the 13 November date for the city-wide referendum was approved, meaning the public debate over the […]
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LANE ONE: Decision day coming this week for Calgary (and the IOC) for...

The Calgary City Council could end the city’s bid for the Olympic Winter Games in 2026 on Monday or Tuesday after a detailed projection of the costs of the event is presented by the Yes Calgary 2026 group. The city has been going back and forth about whether to bid for the Games and the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: 53% support Calgary’s Olympic bid for 2026

The coming referendum in Calgary (CAN) about the city’s candidature for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is heating up. According to the GamesBids.com site, the Calgary bid committee will provide a Games “concept plan” to the public, which will include information on costs and sustainability. Council member Evan Woolley said that “The host plan will […]
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As the IOC tackles its problems, its members are invisible

TSX HEADLINES – for August 8, 2018: When the International Olympic Committee decided it needed to speak directly to the people of Calgary about its potential bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, it sent two of its senior staff from Lausanne. Fine, except where were any of Canada’s three members of the IOC? Same […]
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U.S. athletes tell Congress: Fix the “unregulated monopoly” you set up in 1978

TSX HEADLINES – for July 27, 2018: The U.S. Senate Sub-Committee hearing on “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” last Tuesday focused mostly on the sexual abuse issues at the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. But the most important part of the hearing was the […]
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