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Op Ed: A New Bidding Strategy for the Olympic Games

April 20, 2017

In my previous blog, I said that the lack of a long-term strategy and vision has blinkered the IOC in its ability to anticipate the current dearth of viable host cities for th...

Op Ed: A Provocative Catch-22 for 2024

April 11, 2017

With the International Olympic Committee vote to award the 2024 Summer Olympic Games just over five months away, the Los Angeles bid for these Games is a proverbial Catch-22. ...

The Hula Report: 2024 Olympic Bid Dilemma

March 18, 2017

(ATR) Paris and Los Angeles appear to be on track to lock up an Olympic Games for 2024 or 2028, but hurdles remain. Can the two strike a deal with the IOC? IOC President Th...

Op-Ed: On the Defensive, IOC President Plays Alternative Facts Trump Card

March 08, 2017

Veteran Olympic journalist Phil Hersh says Thomas Bach is blaming the wrong people for the 2024 bid failures. Phil Hersh (ATR) Budapest officially bowed out of the race to...

OpEd: Budapest Demise Heaps More Agony on IOC

February 24, 2017

(ATR) Is anybody really surprised that Budapest has ended its bid for the 2024 Olympics? The demise of the Hungarian bid in the face of public opposition and lack of poli...

Op Ed: American Arrogance? An Olympic Bid While Trump Tells the Rest of the World to Get Lost

January 30, 2017

It turns out, thankfully, that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will not tailor his conscience to suit the fascism of the times. Philip Hersh (ATR) (Did I just write fascis...

Op Ed: Olympics in the Trump Era

January 23, 2017

(ATR) Welcome to the Donald Trump era of the Olympics. Unpredictable, quotable, controversial and impulsive, the new U.S. president takes office in the final months of the...

IAAF Responds to Open Letter to Sebastian Coe

January 04, 2017

Note: AIPS President Gianni Merlo's open letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe can be found here. Dear Gianni, IAAF response to open letter from AIPS President Gianni Mer...

An Open Letter to Seb Coe: Close the Record Books of the Past -- Op-Ed

January 03, 2017

LAUSANNE, January 3, 2017 – Dear Lord Coe, just over a month ago you launched an online portal for reporting suspicions of doping. It is the latest move in the fight against d...

Sports Persons of the Year: The Refugee Olympic Team -- Op-Ed

December 22, 2016

In deference to my friends who bleed Cub Blue on the North Side of Chicago, I recognize the emotions associated with finally winning baseball’s World Series for the first time...

Old World Budapest Readies as 2024 Spoiler -- OpEd

November 26, 2016

(ATR) Budapest is a longshot for the 2024 Olympics. So was Beijing for 2022. In a world where anything can happen, the IOC is fortunate to have this gentle city on the Da...

Top Story Replay: The IOC at Crossroads - OpEd

November 05, 2016

On December 15, 2014, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared in the presence of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) leaders that Rome 2024 was the bid of “all of I...

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