Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

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TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games.

It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los Angeles 2028 organizers – really cooperate in ways that will help those organizing committees learn the confidential lessons that can make their efforts more productive?

That will require a level of trust far beyond what was on the note they signed in Tokyo this week and a real willingness to help each other. Will they really cooperate?

See what’s at stake in our Lane One commentary, plus reports on action on and off the fields of play in Olympic sport:

(1) THE TICKER: The United States Olympic Committee named U.S. Golf Association communications and marketing chief Sarah Hirshland as its new Chief Executive.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: Stunning, unhappy news that U.S. Cross Country gold medalist and new IOC member Kikkan Randall has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

(3) FOOTBALL: Sure, Croatia and France are in the World Cup final on Sunday, but what’s the story with that checkerboard design scheme the Croatians wear?

(4) ATHLETICS: The U.S. is favored in a new nations-scoring event coming up in London this weekend, while the U.S. leads in medals, but suffered upsets in both 100 m events at the World Junior Championships in Finland.

(5) CYCLING: The stars of the opening week of the Tour de France? The veteran superstar – Peter Sagan – and a rookie, Columbia’s Fernando Gaviria. They’re even at two stages apiece … so far.

This issue includes an ON DECK previews of Athletics ~ Cycling ~ Rowing ~ Triathlon; SCOREBOARD reports on Football ~ Athletics ~ Cycling ~ Shooting ~ Taekwondo, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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