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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...

Op Ed - Back to the Future: The Lake Placid Miracle Roars On

February 04, 2013

Back to the Future: The Lake Placid Miracle Roars On By George Hirthler If you haven't been to Lake Placid, take a look at a map of the State of New York, and it sho...

Op-Ed: IOC President Trumpets London Legacy

November 21, 2012

Jacques Rogge in London. (Getty Images) Hosting the Olympic Games: Early legacy planning key to producing long-term benefits By Jacques Rogge The final Olympic Games of ...

OpEd -- Sport Collides with Peace in New York City

November 04, 2012

Workers dismantle the finish line for the New York City Marathon. (Getty Images) (ATR) In the tangled aftermath of Hurricane Sandy lies the 2012 New York Marathon.   Toda...

Op Ed - Let the Good Times Roll for Elite Chinese Sport

November 13, 2012

(ATR) Sports marketing veteran Jeff Ruffolo suggests money is no object as China sets its sights on nothing less than winning every single medal at the Summer Olympic Games. ...

OpEd: Armstrong Saga to Touch IOC

October 12, 2012

Lance Armstrong with his time trial bronze at Sydney 2000. (Getty Images) (ATR) A 200+ page document from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is an unprecedented expose into the worl...

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