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The focus of the Olympic Movement has changed. It was, until very recently, to stage the greatest sports spectacle in the world. But in a 54-minute news conference following the second day of International Olympic Committee Executive Board meetings, IOC chief Thomas Bach clearly signaled that the technical organization of the Games will more and […]
We’re going to have some interesting days starting on Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board meets in Lausanne (SUI). A series of issues which have been simmering for months might come to a boil … or maybe not. But there is a lot of interest in what the IOC is going to do […]
The highly-respected Alan Abrahamson, one of the best commentators on Olympic sport, wrote on his 3WireSports site last Saturday that: “The Games and the values for which the Olympics purport to be about — excellence, friendship, respect and, by extension, tolerance — are the very thing that stand in marked contrast to an abhorrent shooting […]
It has not been lost on observers of the Olympic Movement that if you want to find an organization with a disciplinary backbone, look no further than the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). When the Russian doping scandal popped up prior to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee equivocated and left eligibility […]
Doping cases take a long time to wind their way through the hearing and judgement system, but the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation issued...
It’s so easy to be against everything these days. And should something positive happen, it’s usually discounted as unimportant, or those claiming responsibility grow longer arms to pat themselves – endlessly and loudly – on the back. But it’s worth taking notice of what has happened with the 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid from Italy, […]
When the International Olympic Committee issues one of its periodic statements on how it is adapting the Olympic Games to modern times, it’s hard to know whether to take it seriously. Is this a preview of real change coming to the Games? Or another self-congratulatory, self-serving statement that, in actuality, means little? But as long […]
After five potential bid cities all left the scene, there were two bidders who actually submitted the formal documentation to the International Olympic Committee last Friday (11th) for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. There are issues with both, but Stockholm-Are (SWE) and the combined Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) bid are both in the game, with the […]
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, […]
As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the most gut-wrenching over the course of the year. We’ve identified our top 10 stories of the year in Olympic sport, with today’s edition profiling nos. 10-6: 10. Cycling: Britain sweeps the […]
Disgraced Russian gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who piloted the two-man and four-man sleds to victory in Sochi in 2014, but was disqualified for doping...
In the aftermath of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board’s decision to form an ad hoc committee to examine whether the International Boxing Association...
The International Olympic Committee came out with a emotionally-worded statement entitled “IOC Takes Leadership Role in the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative,” supporting the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Poland. The first paragraph included this: “The Initiative was launched today by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in partnership with […]
The International Olympic Committee convened its seventh Olympic Summit over the weekend, including representatives of most of the stakeholders in the Olympic Movement. A lot of attention was paid to the comments made about electronic sports (eSports) and the meeting summary gave a lot of space to this aspect of the discussions. The main points […]
In a move dripping with political calculations, the Russian National Olympic Committee appealed the decision of the Moscow City Court that invalidated the doping...
Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a sports governing body. What they do – and just as importantly – how they do it will re-shape the relationship between the IOC and the International Sports Federations and the USOC […]
Quite a weekend of action off the fields of play, with major developments in the ongoing saga of boxing and the Olympic Games, doping in Russia and the USA Track & Field election for a nominee for the IAAF Council: ∙ The IOC wants to hurt AIBA, but not boxers The International Olympic Committee’s Executive […]
There has been considerable angst over the reports of the Spanish government’s refusal to allow Kosovo’s team for last week’s World Karate Championships to compete in their own uniforms and have their flag displayed and anthem played at victory ceremonies. Spain and Greece are the only European countries which do not recognize’s Kosovo’s self-declared independence […]
The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG) is getting set to blast off on Saturday (6th), but the International Olympic Committee has a lot of other action going on at the same time. One of its programs shows that the IOC is not as deaf as many believe. A new project is the Olympism […]
During his lengthy interview with CNN Money Switzerland host Martina Fuchs, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was asked about the IOC’s financial reserves and he noted that “What we try to have are reserves which could make us surviving the cancellation of an Olympic Games.” Fuchs then followed up and asked if cancellation of […]