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LANE ONE: Weightlifting confirmed for Paris 2024 by the IOC Executive Board

The International Weightlifting Federation was the big winner on the first day of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board in Lausanne (SUI) on Tuesday, winning confirmation of its place on the program of the 2024 Olympic Games. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell (AUS) told reporters: “Today, the Executive Board noted a number of areas that […]
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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: Which Olympic sports are going to die?

There was a collective eyebrow-raising in the world of Olympic sports when the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) released its “Future of Global Sport” report on 28 February. In its 46 pages, the collective wisdom of a 17-member, blue-ribbon panel of sports experts – from Olympic and non-Olympic backgrounds – was shared with […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Thailand to skip Olympic weightlifting to atone for eight Worlds...

Weightlifting has become a favored sport in Thailand, especially after the 2016 Olympic Games, in which Thais won four medals, including golds in the women’s 48 kg for Sopita Tanasan and 58 kg, by Sukanya Srisurat. But the Thai weightlifting program was also shamed earlier this year with seven separate announcements of doping positives between […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Bad news for weightlifting after six Thai positives

The International Weightlifting Federation has turned itself inside out trying to eliminate the scourge of doping, but it has been difficult. Despite a massive education and testing program, the IWF has continued on a probationary status by the International Olympic Committee. Its place on the 2020 Tokyo program is assured – but with a significant […]
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LANE ONE: WADA lets Russia skate for now, but there is a new...

There wasn’t much surprise from the conference-call meeting of the World Ani-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee on Tuesday (22nd) as it confirmed the continuation of Russia’s status as a “compliant” member of the anti-doping community … for now. The collective anger of those who want Russia re-suspended for its state-sponsored doping program from 2011-15 has been […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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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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WEIGHTLIFTING: 13 doping positives is not good news

For a sport which is under threat of removal from the 2024 Olympic program by the International Olympic Committee, the weekend brought bad news....

LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
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WEIGHTLIFTING: Avalanche of world records at IWF World Championships

Changing weight classes always creates a tsunami of new world records and with the International Weightlifting Federation moving from eight to 10 classes for...

Doesn’t the IOC need a RICO-in-reverse law to fight doping?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 7, 2018: For decades, U.S. prosecutors could not convict the leaders of organized crime because these “bosses” were not committing the crimes themselves, but instead ordering the crimes to take place through their associates. Finally, a law was passed called the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allowed […]
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Doesn’t the IOC need a RICO-in-reverse law to fight doping?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 7, 2018: For decades, U.S. prosecutors could not convict the leaders of organized crime because these “bosses” were not committing the crimes themselves, but instead ordering the crimes to take place through their associates. Finally, a law was passed called the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allowed […]
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A perfect storm could lead the IOC to a new, worldwide relevance

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 20, 2018: Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the International Olympic Committee right now, but that may change in time. The IOC is showing some new vigor, reportedly forming a task force to work on new rules that would ban countries not only from hosting Olympic Games, but […]
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A perfect storm could lead the IOC to a new, worldwide relevance

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 20, 2018: Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the International Olympic Committee right now, but that may change in time. The IOC is showing some new vigor, reportedly forming a task force to work on new rules that would ban countries not only from hosting Olympic Games, but […]
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As Calgary considers 2026, why should it bid for the Winter Games?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 13, 2018: The Calgary City Council will re-consider the city’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Winter Games next week, and the question to be answered is why should it bid at all? One of the most respected members of the Olympic Movement is Canadian gold medalist and former Canadian Olympic […]
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As Calgary considers 2026, why should it bid for the Winter Games?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 13, 2018: The Calgary City Council will re-consider the city’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Winter Games next week, and the question to be answered is why should it bid at all? One of the most respected members of the Olympic Movement is Canadian gold medalist and former Canadian Olympic […]
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Disciplinarians or hypocrites? What will the IOC do about Russia and weightlifting?

IN THIS ISSUE – The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will have a full agenda when it meets on 5-6 December, including deciding whether Russia will be permitted to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and whether weightlifting will be confirmed on the program of the 2024 Games in Paris. While the IOC’s Oswald […]
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Disciplinarians or hypocrites? What will the IOC do about Russia and weightlifting?

PALM DESERT, November 29, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will have a full agenda when it meets on 5-6 December, including deciding whether Russia will be permitted to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and whether weightlifting will be confirmed on the program of the 2024 Games in Paris. While the […]
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Weightlifting is now where Wrestling once was: on the Hot Seat!

PALM DESERT, June 16, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board told the International Weightlifting Federation with clarity: either get your doping problem under control by December, or you’ll be pulled from the 2024 Olympic Games. Now what? The weightlifting folks have their work cut out for them, but their situation is considerably better […]
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