August 21, 2017
Welcome Back To Our USASC Newsletter.
Highlighting important and relevant information on the Olympics and sports movement from WADA to the latest in emerging sports federations and sports culture. This time we're looking at LA2028, Shalene Flanagan's medal upgrade & the CAS decision on IAAF bans, plus a roundup of some of the latest sports news from August.
- 2028 Gets The L.A. Greenlight
- CAS Upholds IAAF Bans
- China Snubs "Little Olympics"
- Paris Considers E-Sports
Los Angeles City Council Approves Plan for 2028 Olympics.
"The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles' financial responsibility in hosting the Games, although a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed."
CAS Upholds IAAF Life Bans for Trio.
Around The Rings reports: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds the IAAF life bans for former Russian athletics chief Valentin Balakhnichev, coach Alexei Melnikov and former IAAF marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack."
IOC Executive Board to Propose Nine New Members in Lima.
“These nine candidates offer various skillsets and come from backgrounds as diverse as sports, management, volunteering, engineering, business administration, commerce and tourism, the media and NGOs. All of them can bring skills and experience needed by the IOC, and aim to further strengthen the ranks of the Olympic Movement in the years to come."
China Snubs "Little Olympics" Opening Ceremonies in Taiwan.
"Boycott of event held to mark start of World University Games highlights the increasingly strained relations between Beijing and Taipei.
Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to make a detour and later blocked an entrance to the stadium, causing a major delay in the athletes’ procession in the ceremony." via SCMP
Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics Needs Sweeping Change.
"The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping change in the organization in the wake of dozens of allegations of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, a scandal that has left one of the U.S. Olympic movement's marquee programs scrambling and Raisman shaken." via ESPNW
Flanagan Upgraded to Silver Medal in 10k Meter from '08 Games.
"As one of our country’s most decorated distance runners, we commend her for her success on the field of play, as well as her conduct off the field of play. She epitomizes the Olympic values with her integrity, sportsmanship and unwavering dedication to competitive excellence. On behalf of athletes like Shalane, the USOC is committed to working tirelessly with the global Olympic Movement to help reform international anti-doping efforts.” via Excelle Sports
Paris Considers E-Sports for 2024 Program.
ESPN reports: "The explosion in popularity of esports events, drawing large crowds of youngsters to arenas for tournaments, has already seen gaming embraced by the Asian Games. It will become a full sport by the 2022 edition, although details of which games will be contested are yet to be provided."
IN OTHER NEWS...
- Moran Report on ticketing scandal to be sent to Ethics Commission at IOC.
- USOC Announces Korean Youth Mentorship Program for 2018.
- Russian support from National Paralympic Committees is sorely lacking.
- WADA releases Athlete Committee Statement on Clean Sport.
- Pro Climber Sasha Digiulian reflects on Female First Ascents.
- IOC President Bach encourages Taipei 2017 athletes.
- Voting for Women in Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year is underway.
- Rio plants seeds of doubt over environmental legacy.
OVERHEARD ON SOCIAL MEDIA...
"I'm beyond excited for the games to come to my backyard and the chance to have family & friends watch me do what I love in a city I love." - US Paralympian @Sammiecranks
"Happy dance! Hello my Olympic silver medal #cleansport #upgrade #2008" - @ShalaneFlanagan
"I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. - CEO Kevin Plank" - @UnderArmour
"Of the 30 fastest men's 100m sprint times ever, only nine have been run by an athlete NOT banned for drugs - all 9 by Usain Bolt. #IAmBolt" - @sportingintel