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LANE ONE: Thomas Bach’s IOC wants “to get the couch potatoes off the...

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 […]
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LANE ONE: Crucial IOC Executive Board meeting this week in Switzerland could impact...

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 […]
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LANE ONE: A call to eliminate guns from the Games, but that doesn’t...

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 […]
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LANE ONE: International Paralympic Committee to Malaysia: no Israel, no World Championships

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 […]
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BOBSLED: IBSF sanctions four 2014 Russian sledders for two years

Doping cases take a long time to wind their way through the hearing and judgement system, but the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation issued...

LANE ONE: The IOC can pat itself on the back (for now): the...

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, […]
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LANE ONE: Is the IOC setting the stage for a serious review of...

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 […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Stockholm-Are and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo submit bids for 2026 Winter Games

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 […]
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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 top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but...

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 […]
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BOBSLED: Disgraced Zubkov wants a personal letter in order to return his medals

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...

BOXING: AIBA wants to meet ASAP with IOC Working Group

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 BIG PICTURE: IOC’s bad pun in its commitment to sustainability release underlines...

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 […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Olympic Summit reveals IOC policy on eSports

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 […]
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DOPING: Russian NOC appeals Moscow decision to ignore Zubkov’s Sochi doping

In a move dripping with political calculations, the Russian National Olympic Committee appealed the decision of the Moscow City Court that invalidated the doping...

LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power...

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 […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC punches AIBA, is WADA being played for a dope...

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 […]
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IOC’s victory lap on Spain and Kosovo appears premature

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 […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IOC’s Olympism in Action Forum is worth noting

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 […]
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Bach on why an Olympic Games could be canceled

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 […]
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