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LANE ONE: Judo’s fear of gambling means no one knows who is competing...

The International Judo Federation has a reputation for efficiency and thoroughness, both traits endemic to that sport. It has a comprehensive World Tour, continental championships, fairly easy-to-follow rankings systems and a modest prize money program, which – rare among the International Federations – requires that coaches receive 20% of the winnings from a World Tour […]
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LANE ONE: You want transparency? Look to World Rowing and you will see it,...

There has been much made of the lack of transparency, not to mention outright secrecy or deceit within the International Federations which govern sports...

LANE ONE: The IOC’s glowing financial statements, and how they might go up...

The International Olympic Committee released its 2018 Annual Report last week, with a complete set of financial statements that provide a fascinating look at just how much money it has, and just as importantly, what it does with it. The IOC is doing pretty well. As it noted, “The IOC’s strong financial foundation is driven […]
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LANE ONE: IOC chief Thomas Bach channels Star Trek’s Captain Kirk to defeat...

Fans of the Star Trek storyline know the reference immediately: the Starfleet Academy exercise in which the freighter Kobayashi Maru is marooned in the Klingon Neutral Zone and the cadets have to decide whether to rescue the ship and crew – and be destroyed by the Klingons – or leave the ship to its fate, […]
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LANE ONE: IOC members will choose the 2026 host on Monday, but are...

The International Olympic Committee membership will meet on Monday in Lausanne (SUI) to select the host city/region for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, but the chatter is actually about the future of the Games beyond 2028. After Monday’s vote, the Session will take up a series of issues, including the newest reform plan for selecting […]
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LANE ONE: The death of AIBA is upon us, but what happens after...

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board is meeting in Lausanne (SUI), just ahead of the IOC Session next week, which will include the selection – on Monday – of the host for the 2026 Winter Games. High on the agenda this week was the disclosure of the program for boxing qualification for the 2020 Tokyo […]
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LANE ONE: The 2026 Winter Games host will be selected in seven days;...

Despite all of the many stories written about the implosion of interest in the Olympic Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee will make exactly the choice it wanted for 2026, awarding the event to one of two European candidates. It will be either Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, or Sweden’s Stockholm and Are (and […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Not so fast on Australia for 2032, no racing at...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXVth Olympiad ● International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach (GER) told reporters during a Friday teleconference that the possibility of an award of the 2032 Olympic Games next year – as suggested by Australian IOC member John Coates in […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC keeps changing the Games, and not a minute too...

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has said – with good reason – that the Olympic Movement is in pretty good shape at the moment. Olympic host cities are set through 2028, there are two viable candidates for the 2026 Winter Games and the first-ever Olympic competitions in Africa will be held in 2022 with […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IOC is going to be even more flexible in the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Olympic Games ● The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board received a report on Wednesday from a working group charged with reviewing the procedures for selecting the host city/region/country for the Olympic Games. Its recommendations, which will be offered for approval by the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but organized by the IOC,...

/Updated: see footnote/The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board kept its promise to the athletes. There will be a boxing tournament at the Tokyo Games in 2020, but the International Boxing Association – AIBA – will not organize it. The IOC’s statement included: “After a thorough discussion, the IOC EB recommended to the IOC Session that […]
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LANE ONE: Olympic budget pressures mean nothing to those who aren’t paying for...

Spending someone else’s money is pretty easy. The Olympic Movement has been great at it for decades. The International Olympic Committee, especially under the administration of President Thomas Bach (GER), has found that host cities have gotten tired of the continuous bleating from it, from the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, and has […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: WADA chief Reedie says he is “unsure” of winning against...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Britain’s Craig Reedie is the elected head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the lead actor in the world’s fight against doping in sport. In an interview with the SportAccord conference newsletter, The Daily, he noted: “I am unsure whether sport […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Bach signals AIBA’s days may be numbered

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will meet on 22 May in Lausanne to determine whether the International Boxing Association – known by its French acronym, AIBA – should operate the Olympic Boxing tournament in Tokyo in 2020. The IOC’s President, Thomas Bach (GER), made his clearest statements yet that indicate his organization does not […]
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LANE ONE: With just more than a year to go, how ready Tokyo...

In remarks to the Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Assembly last Saturday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany told the delegates: “With the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the athletes will have so much to look forward to. As John can confirm, the preparations and the level of organisation of our […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Raelene Boyle rightly calls on the IOC to redress East...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● The Australian Olympic Committee’s Annual General Meeting drew a lot of attention over the weekend, with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visiting and speaking to the assembly. The delegates – and Bach – also heard from Raelene Boyle, now […]
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LANE ONE: “Show me the money” was the first order of business at...

The International Olympic Committee assembled about 350 current and former athletes from 185 countries at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne (SUI) for the ninth International Athlete Forum over the weekend and felt it necessary to talk money before everything else. The conference had sessions on anti-doping, athlete career transition, mental health and a lot […]
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LANE ONE: Thomas Bach is changing the IOC into something totally new, but...

Meetings of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board draw quite a bit of media attention, even though there is often not a single athlete in attendance. There are some former athletes, like gold-medal fencer Thomas Bach (GER), the IOC President since 2013, and American rowing bronze medalist Anita DeFrantz, who are members of the Executive […]
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LANE ONE: The strange story of the International Boxing Association gets even stranger

As had been expected, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board took no action concerning the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on the final day of its meetings in Lausanne (SUI) on Thursday. At the news briefing following, IOC spokesman Christian Klaue (GER) stated: “We also heard today the intermediate report of the Inquiry Committee on the […]
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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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