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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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LANE ONE: Willie Banks seeks to heal USA Track & Field’s open wound

In the avalanche of horrific sex-abuse scandals that have plagued many of the U.S. National Governing Bodies, USA Track & Field has barely been mentioned. While USA Gymnastics stands at the edge of dissolution and Congressional inquiries have featured a parade of NGB senior executives from bobsled, figure skating, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and others, track […]
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LANE ONE: More fireworks are not going to bring more spectators to swimming...

USA Swimming’s (fairly) new chief executive, Tim Hinchey, released a “State of the Sport” post on the organization’s Web site on 19 September and for incurable Olympic-sport junkies (like me), it made for fascinating reading. Hinchey, you may remember, made one of the best impressions at the multiple Congressional hearings earlier this year into the […]
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Will the 2019 U.S. swimming team suffer the same letdown as 2015?

Kelsi Dahlia and Mallory Comerford were celebrating in 2017; what about next year?TSX HEADLINES – for August 3, 2018: The last time that USA Swimming picked its World Championships team a full year before, it didn’t go so well. In 2015, the U.S. won 20% less medals than it did at the 2013 Worlds, and […]
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Will the 2019 U.S. swimming team suffer the same letdown as 2015?

TSX HEADLINES – for August 3, 2018: The last time that USA Swimming picked its World Championships team a full year before, it didn’t go so well. In 2015, the U.S. won 20% less medals than it did at the 2013 Worlds, and there was concern about the American performance at the Olympic Games in […]
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Is it really time for another Youth Olympic Games?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 27, 2018: There are 101 days left until the third Youth Olympic Games begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can wait. Is this concept, first realized in 2010 in Singapore, really worth the effort? The man behind the “YOG” was International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who expected […]
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Is it really time for another Youth Olympic Games?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 27, 2018: There are 101 days left until the third Youth Olympic Games begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can wait. Is this concept, first realized in 2010 in Singapore, really worth the effort? The man behind the “YOG” was International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who expected […]
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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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The problems of promoting Olympic sport: Water Polo needs to deal with Why

TSX HEADLINES – for May 2, 2018: The international aquatics federation called a special conference to consider what to do about water polo. Simply put, the sport is under threat of being pulled from the Olympic program because it’s essentially a European sport with competition from Australia and the U.S. What should be done? How […]
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The problems of promoting Olympic sport: Water Polo needs to deal with Why

TSX HEADLINES – for May 2, 2018: The international aquatics federation called a special conference to consider what to do about water polo. Simply put, the sport is under threat of being pulled from the Olympic program because it’s essentially a European sport with competition from Australia and the U.S. What should be done? How […]
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Finances of the International Federations, in dollars and francs: Part I

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 25, 2018: Last week’s governance report on the 28 International Sports Federations on the permanent program of the Olympic Games was generally dismal. However, it did note that 21 of the 28 federations had posted financial information, even some with audited financial statements. Really? We had to see for ourselves. […]
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Finances of the International Federations, in dollars and francs: Part I

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 25, 2018: Last week’s governance report on the 28 International Sports Federations on the permanent program of the Olympic Games was generally dismal. However, it did note that 21 of the 28 federations had posted financial information, even some with audited financial statements. Really? We had to see for ourselves. […]
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Endgame: Abused gymnasts asking for USOC & USA Gymnastics takeover

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 5, 2018: The legal entanglements concerning the Larry Nasser sexual abuse scandal will go on for years. But two of the highest-profile filings, for U.S. gold-medal-winning gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, ask for an unusual remedy. Sure, the normal requests for compensatory damages are in there, as well as […]
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Endgame: Abused gymnasts asking for USOC & USA Gymnastics takeover

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 5, 2018: The legal entanglements concerning the Larry Nasser sexual abuse scandal will go on for years. But two of the highest-profile filings, for U.S. gold-medal-winning gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, ask for an unusual remedy. Sure, the normal requests for compensatory damages are in there, as well as […]
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USA Swimming’s National Championships: It’s the Katie Ledecky Show!

PALM DESERT, June 27, 2017 – If it’s Monday, it’s time to shift our focus from Sacramento to Indianapolis and from track & field to swimming … and Katie Ledecky. The USA Swimming Phillip 66 Nationals start today at the Indiana University Natatorium, with Ledecky – now the face of American swimming with the retirement […]
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USATF Nationals one of the great meets ever; or was it?

PALM DESERT, June 26, 2017 – The times and distances were almost beyond belief and six new world-leading marks came out of a fantastic USA Track & Field national championships over the weekend in Sacramento. Moreover, a sensational U.S. team was selected for the World Championships in London in August. It was a great meet, […]
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USATF Nationals: Keni Harrison stars in her own version of “Ghostbusters”

PALM DESERT, June 25, 2017 – Although she’s the world-record holder in the 100 m Hurdles, Keni Harrison had ghosts to exorcise at the USA Track & Field National Championships in Sacramento. She did exactly that and in very impressive fashion to highlight a sensational day of running, jumping and throwing, including three world-leading marks. […]
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Gatlin, Bowie, Chelimo & Claye star at hot USATF Champs

PALM DESERT, June 24, 2017 – Justin Gatlin turned back the challenge of fellow University of Tennessee star Christian Coleman on a hot day of track & field in Sacramento at the USA Track & Field National Championships. This TSX Extra has all the highlights of Day 2 plus previews of all of the Saturday […]
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Katinka Hosszu expands from swimming to politics, rips a “FINA in chaos”

PALM DESERT, June 23, 2017 – Triple Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu posted a lengthy open letter to the worldwide swimming community on her Facebook page, called for the sport to be made more professional and remaking FINA, the international governing body. She characterized the organization as being “in chaos.” That’s a serious charge and […]
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