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Op Ed: Olympics in the Trump Era

January 23, 2017

(ATR) Welcome to the Donald Trump era of the Olympics. Unpredictable, quotable, controversial and impulsive, the new U.S. president takes office in the final months of the...

IAAF Responds to Open Letter to Sebastian Coe

January 04, 2017

Note: AIPS President Gianni Merlo's open letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe can be found here. Dear Gianni, IAAF response to open letter from AIPS President Gianni Mer...

An Open Letter to Seb Coe: Close the Record Books of the Past -- Op-Ed

January 03, 2017

LAUSANNE, January 3, 2017 – Dear Lord Coe, just over a month ago you launched an online portal for reporting suspicions of doping. It is the latest move in the fight against d...

Sports Persons of the Year: The Refugee Olympic Team -- Op-Ed

December 22, 2016

In deference to my friends who bleed Cub Blue on the North Side of Chicago, I recognize the emotions associated with finally winning baseball’s World Series for the first time...

Old World Budapest Readies as 2024 Spoiler -- OpEd

November 26, 2016

(ATR) Budapest is a longshot for the 2024 Olympics. So was Beijing for 2022. In a world where anything can happen, the IOC is fortunate to have this gentle city on the Da...

Top Story Replay: The IOC at Crossroads - OpEd

November 05, 2016

On December 15, 2014, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared in the presence of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) leaders that Rome 2024 was the bid of “all of I...

Honesty is Needed, Not Only Independence -- OpEd

November 04, 2016

LAUSANNE, November, 4, 2016 - Recently, the “independent observers, independent person” formula has been very fashionable in the world of sport. However, who and what they are...

2024: The IOC at a Crossroads -- OpEd

November 02, 2016

On December 15, 2014, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared in the presence of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) leaders that Rome 2024 was the bid of “all of I...

OpEd: Unity Crucial in Fight Against Doping

October 06, 2016

By Beckie Scott, WADA Athlete Commission Chair I was four years old when my Mom put me on cross-country skis for the first time in my life. As she tells it, I shuffled arou...

OpEd: Atlanta Legacy Keeps Giving

October 04, 2016

(ATR) On a brilliant Sunday afternoon the Atlanta Braves said goodbye to Turner Field, formerly known as Centennial Olympic Stadium. For 20 years since the 1996 Olympics, the ...

OpEd: WADA Must Be Reinforced and Publicly Supported

October 04, 2016

By Thorhild Widvey, WADA Executive Committee Government representative of Europe On Sep. 21, 2016, I attended the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee Me...

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