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LANE ONE: The Olympic Games cannot solve the world’s problems, as Paris 2024...

There was a time when modesty and humility were prized, and the idea that if you made reasonable promises and over-delivered on those promises, the results would be widely viewed as positive. Those concepts appear today to be as ancient as Egypt’s pyramids. Society in many countries appears divided along many lines and the social […]
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SAILING: New Keelboat event approved for Paris 2024

The World Sailing Annual Conference closed in Sarasota, Florida (USA) last Sunday with a major change to the Olympic events program for the 2024...

Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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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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New world record: 198 days for Paris 2024 budget projected to explode

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 2, 2018: It took the Tokyo government about two years to determine that the 2020 Olympic Games budget was out of control. The French government, looking into the Paris 2024 project, got to the same conclusion in a new, world-record time of just 198 days! A report from a task […]
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New world record: 198 days for Paris 2024 budget projected to explode

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 2, 2018: It took the Tokyo government about two years to determine that the 2020 Olympic Games budget was out of control. The French government, looking into the Paris 2024 project, got to the same conclusion in a new, world-record time of just 198 days! A report from a task […]
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The top stories of 2017 – part 2: Glory, greed, drugs and surprises

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 28, 2017: This was the year that Usain Bolt retired, but not the way he envisioned. Mo Farah won one and lost one at the World Championships, but no one saw the stunner of the women’s Steeplechase coming. American Caeleb Dressel equaled Michael Phelps’s record of seven gold medals in […]
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The top stories of 2017 – part 2: Glory, greed, drugs and surprises

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 28, 2017: This was the year that Usain Bolt retired, but not the way he envisioned. Mo Farah won one and lost one at the World Championships, but no one saw the stunner of the women’s Steeplechase coming. American Caeleb Dressel equaled Michael Phelps’s record of seven gold medals in […]
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The antidote to eSports: Real sports, and how the IAAF can lead the...

PALM DESERT, August 11, 2017 – The Olympic world is in a dither as the prospective chief executive of the Paris 2024 organizing committee tells the Associated Press he wants to talk about having eSports as part of the 2024 Games. Are you kidding? How about promoting real sport, real fitness and a lifetime plan […]
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Remembering UCLA’s Jim Bush, who knew the power of effort and encouragement

PALM DESERT, July 12, 2017 – Do we die a little bit inside when one of our mentors passes away? For so many athletes who were coached, encouraged or advised by UCLA’s great track & field coach, Jim Bush, the world is a little less bright after he passed on Monday, aged 90. He had […]
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What did the IOC’s Evaluation Commission really say about L.A. and Paris?

PALM DESERT, July 7, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission gave glowing endorsements to both the Los Angeles and Paris bids for the 2024 Olympic Games in their report released on Wednesday. But were both bids as perfect as they seemed? Both are excellent … but not perfect, and the Commission did pick […]
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The Paris folks should listen closely to LA 2024’s Casey Wasserman, then and...

PALM DESERT, June 9, 2017 – Ask anyone in the Olympic Movement about the reason they’re involved and chances are you’ll hear “the athletes.” No doubt about it, athletes are important. But fans – in the millions – are the difference between the Olympic Games and a local Little League game. One person who knows […]
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“Geo-Olympic factors” will decide the 2024 Olympic bid race

PALM DESERT, Apr. 5, 2017 – University of Chicago professor John MacAloon has spent more than four decades studying the Olympic Movement and especially the way the International Olympic Committee selects host cities for the Olympic Games. In a lecture at California State University, Fullerton yesterday, MacAloon declared that it would be “geo-Olympic” rather than […]
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Paris AND Los Angeles: Finally on the table

PALM DESERT, Mar. 20, 2017 – The rumors and whispers are over. The International Olympic Committee now has a working group to formally consider whether to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles, in some order. The best part is, the bid committees in both cities don’t have to do […]
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