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 Association chief Dr. Roger Jackson. His guest column in the Calgary Herald explains the benefits of the Games, clearly and concisely.

But to move forward, Jackson and the bid’s supporters are going to have to do one thing to make it work with the public in Calgary, Alberta and across Canada.

What? The answer is in our Lane One commentary, plus:

(1) THE BIG PICTURE: The International Weightlifting Federation is throwing the book at the national federations – more than a dozen – that have done so much doping that the sport could be dropped from the Olympic Games. It’s not pretty …

(2) SWIMMING: Lots of big stars in the pool at the Tyr Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Arizona. Two swimmers have plans to do six events over the first three days … that’s prelims plus finals. The names, please …

(3) COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Australia is pulverizing the rest of the Commonwealth in front of their home fans, and while the swimming was great, there have been 12 new world leaders in track & field in the first five days of competition. See the full list, as well as a big moment for Rio 400 m champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo!

(4) CYCLING: BMX Freestyle Park is going to be a new event in Tokyo and American Hannah Roberts – at age 16 – is not only World Champion, but won the first event of the new 2018 World Cup season, in Hiroshima!

(5) FENCING: Russia won the most events, but the U.S. took seven medals in the Fencing World Junior Championships in Italy, including a Foil win for Nick Itkin.

This issue includes ON DECK reports on Curling ~ Cycling ~ Gymnastics ~ Sport Climbing and Swimming; SCOREBOARD reports on the Commonwealth Games ~ Cycling ~ Fencing and Karate, and AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!