Leo Manzano at the 2014 USATF championships // photo Getty Images

Leo Manzano at the 2014 USATF championships // photo Getty Images

Track and field

USATF and the notion of homework

For years, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field were the two reliable punching bags in the American Olympic scene. The problem at both was much the same: constant management turnover and an unwieldy governance structure, each encumbered by a board of directors numbering in the triple digits that created an environment rife with petty politics.

Over the past several years, both have turned it around. But with USATF in particular, there remains a dissident cohort for whom seemingly nothing seems to be good enough. Case in point: there’s a new, professionally produced commercial featuring several track-and-field stars, and it’s even airing on network television. This has to be a huge win, right? Exposure for a sport that needs it? For some, apparently not.

Intiqam Zairov, Day 8, London Olympics // photo Getty Images

Intiqam Zairov, Day 8, London Olympics // photo Getty Images

Weightlifting

Doping echoes of East Germany

Doping in elite international sport is “rampant,” the former executive who last year exposed failings in the Jamaican testing program said this week at a conference in London, just as it emerged that the entire Azerbaijan weightlifting team’s results from the 2013 European championships were wiped out — five lifters, 14 medals — by positive tests.

Moreover, those tests were for oral turinabol, the very same steroid at the heart of the 1970s East German doping system.

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

IOC

IOC short-lists three sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The ballroom here at the Lenexpo Convention Center here was jammed. TV crews and photographers assumed their positions, cameras trained on wrestling supporters in the front row of audience seats, immediately behind the ladies and gentlemen of the press.

The tension was thick. Up on the dais, Mark Adams, the International Olympic Committee’s spokesman, started to explain that the IOC’s policy-making executive board had Wednesday afternoon decided to short-list just three sports for review this September by the all-members assembly in Buenos Aires. Everyone did quick math. Three sports in. That meant five were out. Which three?

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

Uncategorized

Straight talk about wrestling’s future

Finally — some straight talk about why the International Olympic Committee moved to kick wrestling out of the Summer Games in 2020, and  what to do about it.

All you have to do, it seems, is tune in to radio station KCJJ, “The Mighty 1630,” in Coralville, Iowa.