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IOC knew Russian athletes were clean, but concealed evidence of their innocence – lawyer

2016.06.21.ioc staff dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the olympic summit on doping in lausanne, switzerland

Staff of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the Olympic Summit on doping in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2016 | Reuters / Denis Balibouse

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The ups and downs of Cuban sports in 2018

Although the Cuban delegation lost its first place on the medal chart in Barranquilla, the Games saw a stellar performance from our women’s field hockey team, among other great moments | Ricardo López Hevia Continue reading

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Moncton’s bid to host the Francophone Games is a disaster

By TIM BOUSQUET*

Large sporting events — the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, what have you — as a rule are economic disasters and black hole budget items for governments. That’s because backers always oversell their ability to control costs and overestimate the economic impact of such games. Continue reading

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Golden women

Only 40 countries have won more than 10 gold medals in the Olympics, and Cuban women have won 12 |  

Driulis González | Ricardo López Hevia

Driulis González | Ricardo López Hevia

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Obscene and incredibly expensive US college football stadiums

(CNN) – See if you can wrap your mind around this eye-popping price tag for a renovated college football stadium in Texas: half a billion dollars. Continue reading

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‘Sports integrity’: The surreptious Saudi campaign to steal the World Cup away from Qatar

Currently, a battle is going on between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, one that is affecting international football as well. There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia wants to take the World Cup away from Qatar in 2022. The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was launched in a lavish setting in London in May with buzz words about “transparency” and “corruption” that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen*, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative. Jim Waterson of the Guardian also weighs in with additional facts. Interestingly, with regard to awarding the FIFA World Cup 2026, which was announced later in Moscow in July, Saudi Arabia backed the winning, so-called “United” bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico, while Qatar backed the Morocco bid.

Panel discussion at the FFSI conference | Andreas Selliaas

(London, Updated 28 June) – The Foundation for Sports Integrity (FFSI) was launched at the fashionable Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square in London on 31 May. The founder of the FFSI is Jaimie Fuller, the Chairman of SKINS, one of the persons behind the initiative New FIFA Now and a familiar face to those attending Play the Game conferences.

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National Lacrosse League’s Saskatchewan Rush to fly Iroquois flag at home games

SaskTel Centre, the Rush’s home arena, hosted the world junior indoor lacrosse championship from Aug. 8 to 12.

The Iroquois, who invented the sport of lacrosse, compete internationally as a separate team and brought their distinctive purple-and-white flag to the event. Continue reading

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