Soccer now, back to track and field this summer -- the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, now the West Ham Premier League team's home, site of the 2017 IAAF world championships

Track and field

An idea not completely baked: medals for coaches

This summer’s world track and field championships in London is due to see coaches get medals along with athletes.

The intention here — it comes from the local organizers — is to do right by those doing well.

IOC president Thomas Bach at the Pan Am Sports assembly in Uruguay // IOC media

2026 bid cities

Stockholm for 2026: IOC, go freeze yourself

If you are hung up on figure skating, OK, but maybe get with the program: the Olympic Winter Games has indisputably become a ski and snowboard festival.

Next February in South Korea, there will be 102 medal events. If you don’t count biathlon, 50 will be on skis or snowboards. Add in the biathlon ski-and-shooting combo, and you’re up to 61.

January 2017: eight guys in suits and one wrestler, Yannick Szczepaniak, ringing in the new year in Paris. Some of the suits: French Olympic committee president Denis Masseglia, second from left; Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 bid leader, third from left; Guy Drut, French IOC member, fourth from right

2024 Bid Cities

Enough already with the many bid hypocrisies

Let’s have fun with French. You don’t even need to speak French — much — to play along.

I will play the part of a voyeur, someone who has spent nearly 20 years reporting, writing and observing about the Olympic movement, in particular the bid process for the Games. You can be the public. In French, that translates into the word “audience.” Even when it seems all by itself like an English word.

Hein Verbruggen -- former IOC member, former chair 2008 Beijing coordination commission, former cycling federation president, former SportAccord president

2024 Bid Cities

Tear it up, throw it away, start all over again

Jacques Rogge served as president of the International Olympic Committee for 12 years, from 2001 until 2013. A key insider during the Rogge years — if not the supremely key insider — was the then-cycling federation president, Hein Verbruggen of Holland.

Verbruggen himself became an IOC member in 1996. In 2001, he led the IOC “evaluation” team for the 2008 Games; the members would select Beijing. Thereafter, Rogge appointed Verbruggen to head what the IOC calls its “coordination” commission — the link between local organizers and the IOC.