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Op Ed -- Squash: A New Sport for the 2020 Olympic Games

August 13, 2013

N. Ramachandran. (ATR) Squash’s journey to join the Olympic Games has been a long one. Our current bid - the third consecutive by Squash - began in earnest two years ago an...

Op Ed - A Year Later, London 2012 Proves Its Value

July 25, 2013

At first glance, Olympic champions Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt may not appear to have much in common with musical superstars Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen. But ther...

Op Ed - Letter to the IAAF President and Council from Luciano Barra

July 23, 2013

Dear President, dear Lamine, dear Member of the IAAF Council, With no doubts these days are the most difficult athletics has had in the last decade. The doping cases have c...

Op Ed from the IOC President - Get Active on Olympic Day

June 23, 2013

(ATR) On the occasion of Olympic Day, IOC President Jacques Rogge says "you will be a sure winner" if you just get active. IOC President Jacques Rogge (ATR) The IOC is ...

OpEd - Tokyo, Madrid Offer Lessons for Istanbul

June 03, 2013

Police, protestors and plumes of tear gas in Istanbul. (Getty Images)  (ATR) A weekend of protests in the three 2020 Olympic bid cities shows Tokyo and Madrid at their best, ...

OpEd: Baseball, Softball Needed to Balance Olympic Program

May 24, 2013

(ATR) I must admit that as an American, there may be a personal bias about baseball and softball, both sports that I have played. But setting aside my appreciation of thes...

OpEd: Boston Bomb Shakes Atlanta Memories

April 16, 2013

Emergency workers respond to the July 27, 1996 bombing in Atlanta. (Getty Images) (ATR) Boston is asking the same questions Atlanta was asking after a deadly bombing as the 1...

OpEd: Istanbul Rises to the Challenge

March 30, 2013

Ed Hula at the Bosphorus (Around the Rings) (ATR) Istanbul is the city that answers an important question in the race for the 2020 Olympics. After visits to Tokyo and Madr...

OpEd -- Tokyo Delivers, Still Searches for Why

March 09, 2013

Ed Hula in Tokyo. (ATR) (ATR) The Tokyo bid for the 2020 Olympics sails through four days of international scrutiny and comes out looking strong – but still with a major ques...

Op Ed - Bidding Blows for Dutch Olympic Ambitions

February 21, 2013

(ATR) It’s a familiar story: city pitches for a Games, IOC spots flaws in plans, city is cut from the race and a nation’s Olympic ambitions suffer a major setback. Dutch NOC ...

Op Ed - Wrestling is Ready for this Challenge

February 15, 2013

Wrestling is Ready for this Challenge By Rich Bender, Executive Director, USA Wrestling The Olympic Games provides wrestling with unique promotional opportunities and gi...

Op Ed - No Mystery Over Wrestling Demise

February 14, 2013

(ATR) Who is Rafael Martinetti? President Rafael Martinetti. (FILA) The president of FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is not one of the b...

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