This week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne promises to be the most significant not just of Thomas Bach’s tenure, but perhaps ever since the fateful 1998 affair at which former International Ski Federation President Marc Hodler first alerted the world to the simmering Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

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More and more Americans like watching people kick round balls

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Throughout my time covering the Olympic Movement - about 15 years - we have tended to take a pretty dim view of the boycott-marred 1970s and 1980s.

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LONDON—Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Athletes from 21 CANOC member National Olympic Committees are currently in Miami attending the Inaugural Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Athletes Forum organised by the Athletes Commission of PASO, chaired by Alexandra Orlando, in collaboration with the United States Olympic Committee.

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