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LANE ONE: Agenda 2020 and the future of Baseball, Softball and other sports...

The 21 February announcement that Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Breakdancing were the requested additions to the program of the 2024 Olympic Games by the Paris organizing committee left sports such as Baseball, Softball, Billiards, Chess, Karate and Squash out of the Games. And they are not happy about it. The World Karate Federation has […]
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LANE ONE: Think politics and sports don’t mix? They mix, but pretty badly...

During his 20-year term as the head of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage often insisted that “sports and politics don’t mix.” He found out, to his horror and that of the entire world, that they do mix and can mix very badly, as Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 members of the Israeli Olympic delegation at […]
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LANE ONE: Burger King is not an Olympic sponsor, but it has the...

This is a busy time for the leadership and staff of the International Olympic Committee, even though there is no Olympic Games – winter or summer – in 2019. The IOC and especially the Executive Board have a long list of issues to be dealt with, including the continuing saga of Russia and its standing […]
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LANE ONE: Appreciating another legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games: David Simon

The modern Olympic Movement was dramatically changed with the staging of the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984. The private financing, the use of existing facilities and thousands of volunteers are well remembered, along with many technical innovations that continue in use today. What is a little less appreciated is the […]
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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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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 II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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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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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: IOC tells Int’l Biathlon Union they are OK (and starts...

One of the international sports federations in hot water over the past several months has been the International Biathlon Union (IBU), which had its president step aside and its secretary-general suspended over an investigation of possible bribes to ignore Russian doping positives. The International Olympic Committee noted the turmoil and suspended payments of Winter Games […]
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LANE ONE: Boxing elects “organized crime” leader Rakhimov as president; now what?

Elections of international federation presidents aren’t usually too exciting except for those in the sport. There are exceptions, of course, and one of those came on Saturday in Moscow (RUS), when the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) met to elect its new leader. The result may end boxing’s participation in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. […]
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LANE ONE: Bach’s Olympic vision takes shape: City-center spectacle and fewer venues

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany has plenty of critics, but say this for him: he has a vision. Since being elected to head the IOC in 2013, he immediately set out to reform the way that Olympic and Winter Games are bid for and organized, with his “Agenda 2020″ and “The New […]
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LANE ONE: Bach calls Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games “superb” in his closing...

The third Youth Olympic Games closed in Buenos Aires (ARG) on Thursday evening and the nearly 4,000 athletes will now head back to their own countries with a lot of stories, experiences and pins. The event was a clear success on the ground for the organizers and the National Olympic Committee of Argentina, both headed […]
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5-RING CIRCUS: Stunning loss of key IOC member Patrick Baumann, 51

A stunning and sad moment with the surprise passing of International Basketball Federation Secretary-General Patrick Baumann (SUI), at age 51 from a heat attack suffered at the YOG in Buenos Aires. His loss is almost unimaginable as he became, essentially, the second most important member of the IOC after its president, Thomas Bach. Besides being […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC is slowly – but quite surely – changing, and...

This is usually a quiet time for the Olympic Movement and for the International Olympic Committee. But not in 2018. The winter-sports season hasn’t started yet and most of the major world championships in the summer sports are over, although wrestling and weightlifting are still to come. But the IOC has been in overdrive and […]
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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: Competition starts in Buenos Aires

The third Youth Olympic Games got started in Buenos Aires (ARG) in an outdoor, ticket-free ceremony that attracted a reported 200,000 spectators to the Plaza de la Republica and the famed Obelisco, marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1536. The traditional light of the Olympic flame to begin the Games […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Senegal’s selection for Youth Olympic Games part of an emphasis...

“Africa is the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal. “They have offered a project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are many opportunities, and we will […]
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OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2018: Korea’s Gangwon Province pops the IOC’s cost-containment balloon

The English-language version of the Korea newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, started the story this way: “Gangwon Province is mired in massive debts after hosting the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year. “The mountainous province with a population of 1.5 million had to host the biggest Winter Olympics so far, and six months on conflict […]
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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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Bach to CNN Money: “Organizing the Olympic Games is a feasible investment”

Say what you will about the International Olympic Committee and its 64-year-old president, Thomas Bach of Germany, but he’s not shy. Bach gave a wide-ranging, 27-minute interview with Martina Fuchs on the CNN Money Switzerland program, “The Newsmaker” and covered almost every hot topic in the Olympic Movement today. Fuchs let him speak and wasn’t […]
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