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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...

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 ...

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