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Op Ed: Vancouver To-Do List

February 14, 2009

 (ATR) Is Vancouver perched for a perfect Olympics?Maybe, if organizers follow the Around the Rings' to-do list for the final year to the Games. There's plenty of good to go a...

Op Ed: Banning Corruption from Chicago Olympic Bid

January 31, 2009

(ATR) The impeachment of the governor of Illinois removes a cloud over the Chicago Olympic bid. But is this episode just a reminder that political corruption is a fact of life...

Op Ed- Olympics Legacy Alive for Australia

January 17, 2009

Our first visit to Australia since the Sydney Olympics finds the legacy of the Games is alive and growing. While other Olympic host cities have left discarded venues from the ...

Op-Ed- Beijing Faces Post-Olympic Dilemmas

January 10, 2009

 (ATR) Promises of legacy and sustainability look enticing on the pages of Olympic bid books, but can ring as hollow as empty stadiums in the aftermath of the Games. Beijing i...

Op Ed: British Sport Has Never Had It So Good

December 13, 2008

 The billion-dollar debate has been the talk of British Olympic circles for the past three months. But one fundamental point has been missed. Quite simply, to paraphrase forme...

Op Ed: Change is Coming

December 06, 2008

 (ATR) The IOC spurns a long-time business partner, international sports federations select new presidents; who says the Olympic Movement is slow to change? The biggest news t...

Op Ed: Bottom Coming for Olympic Movement

November 22, 2008

While the Dow Jones, FTSE, Cac 40 and Nikkei provide easy to follow measurements of economic conditions, the signs are more subtle for the economic health of the Olympics. But...

OpEd: Speak Up Now to Change Olympics

November 15, 2008

(ATR) The IOC may not be known for listening to what the public thinks about the Olympics, but fans and critics alike currently have an extraordinary opportunity to have their...

Op Ed: Another Campaign for 2016

November 08, 2008

It’s showtime for the seven sports seeking a place on the Olympic program for the 2016 Games. Baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball and squash each will make ...

Op Ed: U.S Vote to Shape Chicago Olympics Bid

November 01, 2008

 The hopes of Chicago for the 2016 Olympics may rest on the outcome of the Nov. 4 election for president of the United States. Despite all the candidates’ slanging on the camp...

Op Ed -- IOC President Ends Mystery, Opens Another

October 25, 2008

IOC President Jacques Rogge surprised nobody with his decision to seek a final term in office. Less certain is what happens with the Olympic Movement through the last five yea...

OpEd: Olympic Movement Democracy

October 18, 2008

A palm-fringed resort in Mexico, speeches by the dozen, lots of shiny awards and elections without opposition. It's sports democracy in action: it's a meeting of the Pan Ameri...

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