5-Ring Circus

LANE ONE: Why is the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique such a Scrooge?

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The World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics is on for the next week in Doha, Qatar, with a star-studded field that includes not less than...

LANE ONE: Bach’s Olympic vision takes shape: City-center spectacle and fewer venues

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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...

THE BIG PICTURE: Now the leading candidate for the boxing presidency might resign if...

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"Should I be given the trust by AIBA members and be elected AIBA President, then also details about my position, background etc. will be...

LANE ONE: As the 2020 Olympic Games draw near, Tokyo is suddenly the problem

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No one will say it, even in a whisper. No one in the Olympic Movement even wants to think about it. But the Olympic Games in...

THE BIG PICTURE: Ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny indicted

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When former USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny (pictured) declined to answer any questions last June from the U.S. Senate Commerce Sub-committee that was...

LANE ONE: Bach calls Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games “superb” in his closing remarks

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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...

THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

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The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the...

THE BIG PICTURE: Stockholm’s 2026 bid clouded by lack of government support

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Now the issue is Stockholm. A new, coalition government in the City Council announced last Friday that it would not support funding for a Stockholm...

LANE ONE: Being no. 1 today isn’t good enough for USA Swimming, looking to...

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It’s hard to imagine much concern at USA Swimming over the performance of the world’s no. 1 swim team, as the U.S. has been...

5-RING CIRCUS: Stunning loss of key IOC member Patrick Baumann, 51

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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...

5-RING CIRCUS: Alberta pledges C$700 million for Calgary 2026, but no more

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Along with the drama in Stockholm, where the city’s 2026 bid will not have municipal government financial support, there was a significant development in...

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: IOC ecstatic so far

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The third edition of the International Olympic Committee’s YOG continues in Buenos Aires, with the Closing Ceremony scheduled for the 18th (Thursday). The IOC gave...

THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF begins allowing transfers of allegiance again

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Following up on its new rules for nationality transfers, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued its first group of approvals for athletes...

LANE ONE: The IOC is slowly – but quite surely – changing, and it...

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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...

BOXING: Konakbayev appeals to CAS to be added to presidential ballot

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The drama over the future of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) and its 3 November presidential election continues, now at the Court of Arbitration...

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: So far, a success!

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The third edition of the International Olympic Committee’s YOG continues in Buenos Aires with lots of events and – judging by the television coverage...

THE BIG PICTURE: WADA issues its annual report for 2017

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The annual report (for 2017) from the World Anti-Doping Agency was posted on Friday (5th), with WADA chair Craig Reedie (GBR) noting that “At...

LANE ONE: Dempsey punches the IOC hard, calls the Games “an enormous distraction”

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One of the co-founders of the No Olympics Boston team, Chris Dempsey, has become the face of the anti-Olympics movement in the United States...

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: Competition starts in Buenos Aires

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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...

GAMES Preview: Third Youth Olympic Games starts on Saturday

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Some 3,998 athletes from 206 nations are gathering in Buenos Aires (ARG) for the third Youth Olympic Games, a creation of the International Olympic...

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