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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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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Six win streaks of note carry into 2019, and is the...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) pays a lot of attention to statistics and it’s good that they do. Because of it, they can offer some unique storylines, such as five athletes who enter 2019 with winning streaks of 10 or more meets. They include: ● 29: Caster Semenya (RSA) in 800 m finals […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification will be delayed from 1 November of this year until at least 26 March 2019 to allow for an expedited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After […]
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ATHLETICS: Semenya’s 2:30.70 at ISTAF Berlin is no. 5 ever

After seeing a crowd of more than 45,500 attend the annual ISTAF Berlin meeting in the historic Olympiastadion, it’s hard to understand why this is not a Diamond League stop. The quality of the meet was underlined during another world-record attempt by South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who moved to no. 5 on the all-time list […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Remember Dutee Chand?

Does the name Dutee Chand ring a bell? If not, remember that she is the Indian sprinter who filed the action against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that got its rules on testosterone levels in women thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Chand was dropped from the Indian team for […]
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ATHLETICS: Doping positive vs. Savinova upheld by CAS

The appeal of Russian 800 m runner Maria Savinova (now Farnosova), the 2011 World Champion in Daegu (KOR), from a doping positive was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The IAAF charged her with doping violations in August of 2015, the case was referred to the CAS in 2017. The 43-page opinion issued […]
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Are we making progress? Doping tests up, positives down in 2017

TSX HEADLINES – for August 6, 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency has published its report on worldwide testing for performance-enhancing drugs and, at least on the surface, the news is good. The number of tests is up, and in Olympic sports anyway, the number of positives in down. There are a lot of details to […]
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Are we making progress? Doping tests up, positives down in 2017

TSX HEADLINES – for August 6, 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency has published its report on worldwide testing for performance-enhancing drugs and, at least on the surface, the news is good. The number of tests is up, and in Olympic sports anyway, the number of positives in down. There are a lot of details to […]
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Would you turn down an Olympic Games if it cost you nothing?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 2, 2018: In the coming months, southern Austrian voters will likely be asked this question: do you want to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, which will cost you nothing. That’s right, nothing. That’s essentially the proposition being put forward in the Austrian state of Styria, which includes famed […]
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Would you turn down an Olympic Games if it cost you nothing?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 2, 2018: In the coming months, southern Austrian voters will likely be asked this question: do you want to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, which will cost you nothing. That’s right, nothing. That’s essentially the proposition being put forward in the Austrian state of Styria, which includes famed […]
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Is Paris 2024 preparing to burn itself at the stake?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 20, 2018: Screaming headlines declared that the Paris 2024 organizers are aiming to impact France in a huge way, leading the drive for zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero emissions. In truth, these are goals, but the Paris 2024 project may be getting off to a rockier start than advertised. […]
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Is Paris 2024 preparing to burn itself at the stake?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 20, 2018: Screaming headlines declared that the Paris 2024 organizers are aiming to impact France in a huge way, leading the drive for zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero emissions. In truth, these are goals, but the Paris 2024 project may be getting off to a rockier start than advertised. […]
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Finances of the International Federations, in dollars, Euro, francs and Pounds: Part II

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 27, 2018: The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations governance study said 21 of the 28 IFs had publicly-available financial information, so we checked it out for ourselves. In our second of two parts, we actually found financial data – if not statements – for 23 of the 28 and […]
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Finances of the International Federations, in dollars, Euro, francs and Pounds: Part II

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 27, 2018: The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations governance study said 21 of the 28 IFs had publicly-available financial information, so we checked it out for ourselves. In our second of two parts, we actually found financial data – if not statements – for 23 of the 28 and […]
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484 events you need to know about during the rest of 2018

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 11, 2018: Forget the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and this is still a very busy year for Olympic sport. Our updated calendar of top-tier international events, including Grand Prix, World Championship and World Cup events includes 484 events across the Olympic-sport landscape from now through the end […]
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484 events you need to know about during the rest of 2018

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 11, 2018: Forget the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and this is still a very busy year for Olympic sport. Our updated calendar of top-tier international events, including Grand Prix, World Championship and World Cup events includes 484 events across the Olympic-sport landscape from now through the end […]
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What is fairness? The IAAF, Caster Semenya and “intersex” athletes

PALM DESERT, July 5, 2017 – South Africa’s reigning Olympic 800 m champion Caster Semenya has been a lightning rod for controversy since her 2009 World Championship at age 18 that raised questions about her status as a woman. The IAAF required her to be medicated to reduce her unusually high testosterone level, but the […]
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