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THE BIG PICTURE: Poland’s Banka elected next head of the World Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency is headed by an elected Chair with a six-year term, rotated between a sports-organization candidate and one from governmental authorites. Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism, 34-year-old Witold Banka, was nominated on Tuesday by the the “Public Authorities” representatives on the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board. He is expected to […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: South Africa confirms it will appeal Court of Arbitration holding...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Despite its agreement in June with the IAAF that it would abide by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its filing against the federation’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, Athletics South Africa confirmed that it would […]
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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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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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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Hot distance running at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Sure, the Diamond League opener in Doha was spectacular, but that wasn’t the only fast running on Friday. The annual American distance spectacular – the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford – once again delivered in style: The expected star of […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds IAAF regulations on applicable levels...

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the requests for arbitration by Athletics South Africa and two-time Olympic 800 m champion Caster...

THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics’ future collides with its present over the next seven...

On Tuesday, USA Gymnastics announced that the 2020 Olympic Trials in Artistic Gymnastics will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri...

STAT PACK: Results for the week of 15-21 April 2019

The Stat Pack: a summary of results of international Grand Prix, World Cup and World Championships events, plus U.S. domestic events and Pan American championships events of note. In this week’s issue are reports on 12 events in eight sports: ● Artistic Swim: FINA Artistic World Series 3 in Kazan ● Athletics: World Marathon Major […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Howman pushing for more innovation in doping control

When David Howman talks, people in the sports world should listen. The former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency is increasingly critical of the standard testing program now in place, which still relies primarily on taking urine samples. Reuters reported on his Monday remarks to a conference of the Partnership for Clean Competition in […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 12 April 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Wednesday: It seems like every Olympic-sport federation (and some U.S. federations) now have world rankings, but it all started 72 years ago in a Bay Area town in California. But Track & […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Swedish government gets behind the Stockholm-Are bid … sort of

In what was essentially a fish-or-cut bait scenario, the Swedish national government finally indicated that it would supply the necessary guarantees to support the Stockholm-Are bid, with a formal announcement coming soon. Following up on the support announced by the Italian government for the Milan-Cortina bid last week, the Swedish reply was muted. While the […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Italian government to agree to modest support program for Milan-Cortina...

The key, distinguishing feature of the bid process for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is the lack of national funding guarantees for either of the candidates: Stockholm-Are in Sweden or Milan-Cortina in Italy. Without any other choices, the International Olympic Committee is moving ahead with the procedure, to select one of the two as host, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: AIBA releases interim financials showing it will die if not...

The International Boxing Association posted its interim financial statements for the six months ending 31 December 2018, with Executive Director Tom Virgets (USA) announcing that “Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow of over $2,000,000 annually, to a […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: AIBA accepts Rakhimov’s resignation, names Mohamed Moustahsane as President

The Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) met by teleconference over the weekend and accepted the resignation of Gafur Rakhimov (UZB) and nominated the head of the African Boxing Confederation, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane as the Interim President. Moustahsane, 50, is a medical doctor who started in boxing as a ringside physician, then the […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 22 March 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened this week in Olympic sport: LANE ONE Wednesday: One of the top commentators on Olympic sport has called for the abolition of guns in the Olympic Games, but what about the eight combat or weapons sports? How do they […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Diack investigation might be moving along after all

We noted on Tuesday that the investigation by French authorities into the influence-buying and doping cover-up involving former International Olympic Committee member and IAAF President Lamine Diack (SEN) was continuing without end. But there were new developments this week, as Agence France Presse reported that arrest warrants had been issues for former IAAF Treasurer Valentin […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Under pressure, Japan’s Takeda to resign from Japan’s Olympic Committee...

The 71-year-old head of the Japan Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the JOC and as a member of the International Olympic Committee in June. “I don’t believe I’ve done anything illegal or wrong,” Takeda said. “It’s regrettable that a shadow has been cast on the tournament because of […]
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GLOBETROTTING by Phil Hersh: Who will win 2019 figure skating worlds? My gold...

Yuzuru Hanyu reacts after his free skate at the 2018 Olympics, when he won a second straight Olympic gold. (Getty Images.) March 15, 2019 There are two ways to do figure skating predictions. One is based on the unlikely event that the top six or so skaters or couples in every discipline skate cleanly (wouldn’t […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Russia still at the center of World Anti-Doping Agency’s annual...

The continuing question of Russian doping cast a long shadow over the Annual Symposium of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) during its Annual Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Just prior to the meeting, the leadership of 18 National Anti-Doping Organizations issued a statement that noted the forthcoming election of a new WADA […]
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LANE ONE: Which Olympic sports are going to die?

There was a collective eyebrow-raising in the world of Olympic sports when the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) released its “Future of Global Sport” report on 28 February. In its 46 pages, the collective wisdom of a 17-member, blue-ribbon panel of sports experts – from Olympic and non-Olympic backgrounds – was shared with […]
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