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OpEd: Historic Korea Handshake Secures Safety and Success of PyeongChang Games and Athletes

February 12, 2018

By Michael Pirrie Michael Pirrie South Korea – with a lot of help from the North - delivered a joyous and inspiring opening ceremony that transcended the traditional sport...

Op Ed: In Latest Chapter of Doping Scandal, Russia Gets a Pass

February 08, 2018

Jim Walden, legal counsel to former Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov who blew the whistle on Russia's doping manipulation scheme during the Sochi 2014...

OpEd: Why the Olympic Movement Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

January 23, 2018

(ATR) There are those watching the détente unfold between North and South Korea who scoff at the idea that the Olympic Movement is truly responsible for this unexpected peac...

OpEd: Historic Korean Olympic Talks a Triumph For Hope & Sport in Troubled Times

January 15, 2018

by Michael Pirrie The meeting of the two Korean delegations on the politically and geographically divided peninsula in an isolated demilitarized zone under satellite survei...

OpEd: Olympic Year in Review

January 04, 2018

by Michael Pirrie Michael Pirrie LONDON: The planet was on high alert for most of 2017 with continuing civil and regional conflicts, terrorist attacks, refugee movements, ...

OpEd: Russia Ban Could Launch an IOC Resurgence

December 13, 2017

by Michael Pirrie London: On the eve of the release of the new Star Wars movie ‘The Last Jedi,’ the IOC has launched its own pre-emptive last option strike against Russia’s...

OpEd: Olympic Champion Backs IOC Russia Sanctions

December 07, 2017

(ATR) Olympic champion Donna de Varona remembers doping scandals of another era and the politics behind them. Donna de Varona A two-time Olympian (1960 and 1964) with two...

OpEd: No Room at the Inn in PyeongChang?

November 16, 2017

It has been a while since I visited an Olympic city as an “advance man” to plan my Olympic trip. Finding accommodation is not so difficult in these days of the internet. Every...

OpEd: Dual Paris-LA Bid Award Starts a New Era

September 12, 2017

Written by Michael Pirrie London Olympic Park is a legacy from 2012 (Getty Images) Before she recommended that the Blair Government support the bid for the London 2012 Oly...

OpEd: What A Los Angeles Olympics WIll Mean

August 04, 2017

(ATR) Eleven years ago, the top three selling mobile phones were Motorola’s Razr, Research in Motion’s Blackberry Pearl, and the Nokia 6070. Apple’s iPhone had not yet been i...

Op Ed: 2024/2028 - A Unique Opportunity for the IOC

June 08, 2017

With only two Candidate Cities following a two-year application process, the International Olympic Committee finds itself in an interesting situation for the allocation of th...