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ATHLETICS Panorama: NBC’s Masback says Swiss unlikely to overturn Semenya decision

During Sunday’s Prefontaine Classic telecast on NBC, host Leigh Diffey asked analyst Craig Masback what he thought the outcome of Caster Semenya’s appeal of the IAAF’s female eligibility rules for the 400 m-to-the-mile events to the Swiss Federal Tribunal might be: DIFFEY: “When you were studying your law degree, you did your thesis on the […]
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ATHLETICS: Coleman’s 9.81 win over Gatlin highlights six world leaders at Pre Classic

On a brilliant, sunny day at Stanford with a sell-out crowd of 8,128 on hand for the transplanted Prefontaine Classic, the top performance came near the end of the meet when the current World Champion in the 100 m tangled with the likely next World Champion in the event. Justin Gatlin, the man who finally […]
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ATHLETICS: Coleman, Norman, Benjamin, Crouser, Thompson all to be challenged at the Pre...

After a week off, the IAAF Diamond League ramps up with four meets in four weeks, starting with the Nike Prefontaine Classic, held this year at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field, while a new Hayward Field is being built. It’s the only Diamond League meet in the U.S. and has a sensational cast for […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Which Juan of the stars will shine brightest in Rabat on...

The confused IAAF Diamond League schedule started off with about one meet every two weeks, but now finished a stretch of three in 10 days, and then another two weeks off. Sunday’s meet is in Rabat (MAR) for the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme, the only Diamond League stop in Africa. The event received some […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Not so fast on Australia for 2032, no racing at...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXVth Olympiad ● International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach (GER) told reporters during a Friday teleconference that the possibility of an award of the 2032 Olympic Games next year – as suggested by Australian IOC member John Coates in […]
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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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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: World-leading 13.06 for Roberts at NCAAs, IAAF replies to the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The first day of the NCAA Division I Championships in Austin, Texas (USA) showed once again why – except in the opinion of the IAAF World Rankings compilers – this is one of the best meets in the world each […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IAAF’s women’s regs suspended by Swiss Court, so Semenya can...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● South Africa’s Caster Semenya won a round against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its regulations for women in the 400 m-Mile events on Monday. The Swiss Federal Tribunal, acting on a request from Semenya’s attorneys, suspended the […]
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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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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IOC is going to be even more flexible in the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Olympic Games ● The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board received a report on Wednesday from a working group charged with reviewing the procedures for selecting the host city/region/country for the Olympic Games. Its recommendations, which will be offered for approval by the […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: South Africa confirms it will appeal Court of Arbitration holding...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Despite its agreement in June with the IAAF that it would abide by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its filing against the federation’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, Athletics South Africa confirmed that it would […]
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LANE ONE: Is the new LA 2028 budget of $6.88 billion really serious,...

Ever since the late Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau famously claimed – six years prior to the 1976 Olympic Games in his city – that “The Games could no more run a deficit than a man could have a baby,” observers have closely watched Olympic budgets. Drapeau’s claim, of course, turned out to be a colossal […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Hot distance running at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Sure, the Diamond League opener in Doha was spectacular, but that wasn’t the only fast running on Friday. The annual American distance spectacular – the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford – once again delivered in style: The expected star of […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Semenya on Semenya: “I keep training. I keep running.”

After her 30th straight victory in the 800 m in a dominant 1:54.99, South Africa’s Caster Semenya gave a short interview for international television. The transcript: Q: “Congratulations. What are your feeling about this win today?” A: “This is an opener. I cannot really tell the feelings. It’s always hard to run, you know, a […]
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ATHLETICS: Eight world leaders, including 1:54.98 for Semenya, in Diamond League opener in...

In front of a tiny crowd in the Khalifa International Stadium, the IAAF’s Diamond League opener for 2019 showcased a brilliant set of events, including eight world-leading marks and a sensational 1:54.98 win in the 800 m for South Africa’s Caster Semenya. The world leaders: ● Men/800 m: 1:44.29, Nijel Amos (BOT) ● Men/1,500 m: […]
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LANE ONE: The Court of Arbitration’s decision against Caster Semenya was about biology,...

Every law school student hears, early in their first year of classes, that “hard cases make bad law.” The narrative of a particular case, the facts involved and the stakes can lead to decisions which do not follow the logic of the law, but produce some tortured conclusion that ends up creating more problems that […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Semenya jumps into Diamond League 800 m in Doha

She wasn’t entered in the entry lists posted on Tuesday, but a day after losing her request for arbitration against the female eligibility rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), South Africa’s Caster Semenya is reported to have entered the women’s 800 m at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday. Semenya’s agent […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds IAAF regulations on applicable levels...

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the requests for arbitration by Athletics South Africa and two-time Olympic 800 m champion Caster...

ATHLETICS: Semenya vs. IAAF decision delayed until end of April

The Court of Arbitration for Sport posted a notice on Friday that its decision in the South African challenge to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations on the acceptance level of testosterone in women competing in specific events has been postponed. “The CAS had initially announced that the final decision would be communicated […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Newspaper story ignites forthcoming hearing on IAAF’s regulations on female...

The question of whether and how the IAAF can regulate the definition of “women” in track & field is now at the boiling point, thanks to a Wednesday report in The Times (GBR). Its story reported that the IAAF, governing body for track & field, will argue before the Court of Arbitration for Sport that […]
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