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LANE ONE: After 72 years, Olympic sports have finally caught up with Track &...

The newest tool for promoting athletes in Olympic sports was pioneered 72 years ago in San Bruno, California. World rankings. If you follow USA Wrestling’s impossibly...

LANE ONE: FINA asks for dismissal of International Swimming League and athlete suits

Following the cancellation of a high-profile swimming meet scheduled for last December, the new International Swimming League (ISL) filed suit against the international governing body for swimming – the Federation Internationale de Natation or “FINA” – in U.S. Federal Court. ISL filed its own suit, and one in the names of U.S. stars Tom Shields […]
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LANE ONE: To grow track & field, Sebastian Coe of 2019 needs to...

Britain’s Sebastian Coe was one of the finest middle-distance runners of all time. He was so good and so special that he sold thousands of tickets to meets all across Europe to watch him run and often challenge one or more of his own world records at 800 m, 1,000 m or the mile, in […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Doping rumors about China’s Yang Sun, and a cancer challenge for...

Rough news this week for two of the finest swimmers in the world, both from the medical side: ● China’s Yang Sun, the triple Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Champion in distance Freestyles, is in the news thanks to a sensational story in the Sunday Times (GBR) that “A clash with anti-doping testers ended […]
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SWIMMING: FINA announces impressive details of $3.9 million Champion Swim Series

A three-meet series over three months will comprise the new FINA Champions Swim Series, to be held in three familiar venues: ● 1: 27-28 April in Guangzhou (CHN) ● 2: 11-12 May in Budapest (HUN) ● 3: 31 May-1 June in Indianapolis (USA) The format, according to FINA’s announcement, is essentially a finals-only swim-off for […]
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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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SWIMMING: FINA confirms no suspensions, talks up Champions Swim Series to national federations

To the surprise of almost no one, the International Federation for aquatic sports, FINA, declared that no athletes would be suspended for participating in events hosted by organizers not affiliated with it, or with its national federations. From its statement: “FINA Legal Counsel François Carrard, present at the meeting, clarified FINA’s position: ‘FINA recognises the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: FINA and Int’l Swimming League trade barbs

The furor between the International Swimming League (ISL) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) continued unabated this week. ISL held a meeting in London (GBR) to announce a 2019 “league” competition of 12 teams – six from Europe and six from the U.S. – in meets held from mid-August to mid-December, with semi-finals and […]
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LANE ONE: Why is FINA trying to keep swimmers from making money at...

If you listen to the leaders of the Olympic Movement, and especially International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach of Germany, you will hear – over and over again – “it’s all about the athletes.” Except when it’s not. That’s what makes the current face-off between the international federation for aquatic sports – known by its […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: After being sued, FINA announces new meet series

In the blowback from the twin lawsuits filed against it for restraint of trade in the U.S., the International Federation for swimming, FINA, suddenly announced this: “[A] new and additional swimming event format, to debut in 2019: the ‘FINA Champions Swim Series.’ It will consist of a three-leg competition, between March and May, aimed at […]
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SWIMMING: Two anti-trust suits filed against FINA

The decision by FINA to implode the Energy for Swim meet in Turin, which had the interest and support of many top athletes in the sport has now led to two lawsuits filed on Friday in U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. One filing is a class action suit against FINA […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Breaststroke champ Adam Peaty rips FINA over lack of athlete...

The furor among some of the top swimmers in the world over FINA’s forced cancellation of the International Swimming League-affiliated Energy for Swim meet, scheduled to be held in Turin (ITA), after next week’s FINA World Short-Course Championships, has not subsided. Britain’s Adam Peaty, the Olympic gold medalist in the 100 m Breaststroke and a […]
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SWIMMING: Energy for Swim meet canceled under pressure from FINA

A nasty fight inside swimming has expanded outside as the second edition of the Energy for Swim meet scheduled for Turin (ITA) in December – following the FINA World Short-Course Championships – has been canceled. The meet, and a parallel project called the International Swimming League, have been developed to give elite swimmers an opportunity […]
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LANE ONE: Why is the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique such a Scrooge?

The World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics is on for the next week in Doha, Qatar, with a star-studded field that includes not less than 20 men and women who have won Olympic or World Championships, including the incomparable Kohei Uchimura from Japan and Simone Biles of the United States. So why is the Federation Internationale […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: FIS publishes its two-year financial report; how does it compare...

The biggest player in winter sports is the Federation Internationale de Ski, better known as FIS, which governs almost the entire Olympic Winter Games program on snow, including Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding. Must be a pretty rich federation, right? Although it doesn’t publish stand-alone financial statements, […]
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SWIMMING: Madisyn Cox eligible again after consent decree

American swimmer Madisyn Cox, 23, had her doping suspension cut to six months from two years – essentially time already served – in a consent decree with the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and approved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Cox, a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. 4×200 m Free team at the 2017 […]
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The IOC adds some new 2022 Winter events, but is really thinking about...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 20, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of seven events to the competition program for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. Even with the added events, however, the total number of athletes to compete in 2022 will now be less than in 2018. Part of […]
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The IOC adds some new 2022 Winter events, but is really thinking about...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 20, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of seven events to the competition program for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. Even with the added events, however, the total number of athletes to compete in 2022 will now be less than in 2018. Part of […]
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The problems of promoting Olympic sport: Water Polo needs to deal with Why

TSX HEADLINES – for May 2, 2018: The international aquatics federation called a special conference to consider what to do about water polo. Simply put, the sport is under threat of being pulled from the Olympic program because it’s essentially a European sport with competition from Australia and the U.S. What should be done? How […]
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The problems of promoting Olympic sport: Water Polo needs to deal with Why

TSX HEADLINES – for May 2, 2018: The international aquatics federation called a special conference to consider what to do about water polo. Simply put, the sport is under threat of being pulled from the Olympic program because it’s essentially a European sport with competition from Australia and the U.S. What should be done? How […]
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