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Commentary -- Rio at 100 Miles Per Hour

February 25, 2014

As the curtain comes down on the Winter Olympic Games, we at the Rio 2016 Organising Committee would like to congratulate the Sochi team for a wonderful celebration of sport...

Op Ed -- The Festival of Universal Youth

February 24, 2014

The competing nations flags enter the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony. (Getty Images) For the last 17 days, a worldwide television audience has been exposed to th...

Bobby, We Hardly Knew Ye

February 13, 2014

The very first mention I can recall of the word “Sochi” came at lunch one day, in indistinct little Russian restaurant around the corner from the bid office – just the kind of...

Op Ed -- Change Comes to Sochi

January 10, 2014

The new Krasnaya Polyana train station will usher visitors to the mountain cluster. (Getty Images) (ATR) In my first visit to Sochi in 2006, livestock ambled and grazed on th...

Op-Ed -- Bidding for Success

January 08, 2014

Terrence Burns (ATR) I have had the very good fortune to serve on four winning Olympic bids, one World Cup bid and both Golf and Wrestling’s bids to return to the Olympic Pro...

OpEd -- Why WADA Makes A Difference

November 12, 2013

Mark Cooper (ATR) (ATR) As The latest World Anti-Doping Conference opens in South Africa, some thoughts on what the fight against doping means to the future of sport. Mark ...

Four Cities Vie for 2019 Pan American Games

October 08, 2013

Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela Ciudad Bolivar (Wikimedia Commons) Ciudad Bolivar is bidding for its first Pan American Games, and proposes the games be held from September 20 t...

Op Ed -- 2022 Race an Early Test for Bach

September 19, 2013

(Getty Images) (ATR) The developing race for the 2022 Winter Olympics may provide an early indicator of how new president Thomas Bach could change things at the IOC. Just...

Op Ed -- "Tremendous Opportunity" for Wrestling

August 28, 2013

Ceremonial matches at the Palaestra in Olympia have been part of a push to get wrestling back in the Olympics. (Christian Radnedge) Wrestling is as old as mankind and it is p...

Op Ed -- Why Baseball, Softball Will Strengthen the Olympic Movement

August 15, 2013

Riccardo Fraccari (left) and Don Porter (Getty Images) Enhancing the Global Appeal of the Olympic Programme Baseball and Softball will bring new and unique bat-and-ball sp...

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...

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