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Nick Butler: An IOC disciple or an independent actor? Ricci Bitti reflects on key Olympic issues

  • Inside the Blogs

The mixed zone outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session during August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was a hostile place. Journalists were barely bothering to hide their disgust at the IOC’s attempts to pin the blame for Russian drugs problems on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the meeting and sports officials were trying their best to evade lingering press corps as they headed towards lunch.



Parkour Indonesia back campaign against FIG's move into sport

  • Gymnastics

Indonesia has urged the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) to open dialogue with the communities within parkour after they confirmed their backing for Parkour UK's stance on the alleged "encroachment and misappropriation" of the sport by the worldwide governing body.





Nick Butler: IOC deserve credit for their process to add new events at Tokyo 2020

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The highlight of last week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board press conference in Lausanne was a complicated analogy about two big birds circling somewhere between the sky, a roof and somebody’s hand. In terms of clarity, it was about as helpful as footballer Eric Cantona’s memorable bird-related quote about seagulls, sardines and a trawler when sentenced for kung-fu kicking a spectator in 1995.








Denmark add voice to opposition of FIG's move into parkour

  • Gymnastics

Denmark have become the latest country to complain the supposed hijacking of parkour by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), writing a letter to President Morinari Watanabe supporting the stance taken by their counterparts led by the United Kingdom.