This is a historical moment to be sure, but it brings back a topic of discussion which I'm approached with from time to time: should eSports and video games be recognized as Olympic sports? Or Olympic events? Although my public opinion has been clear on this topic for years now (I don't consider video games or eSports to be in the same category as traditional, physically demanding sports), I am interested in the direction that the IOC has taken with regards to eSports. But what do you think? Should video games and/or eSports be recognized alongside traditional physical sports?
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Hints of Russians’ Return to International Sports Rekindle Debate Over Their Exclusion: Report
From the article:
Thomas Bach, the leader of the International Olympic Committee, has said that sport needs to find a means for building peace and communication. His member organizations are saying, “Not yet."
Let's talk about American Football: Should Flag Football become an Olympic Sport?
Mr. Troy Vincent believes so - and in my opinion, offers a passionate and compelling argument.
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Remembering Jim Redmond: the father behind one of the Olympics' most treasured moments in history
Jim Redmond, who helped his son Derek to the finish line in 1992 Olympics, has died aged 81
Rest in peace, Jim. Your compassion, ability to live in the moment, and open display of love for your son at our beloved Games has immortalized you and Derek into Olympic history!
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Russian athletes who have not been welcome at international events due to the country's war with Ukraine could soon be allowed back in competition, said the head of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Thursday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidance to sports governing bodies in February to remove Russian and Belarusian athletes from competition.
Belarus has been used as a staging ground for Russia's invasion, which Moscow calls a "special military operation".
But the IOC is now beginning to consider a pathway back for athletes from the two countries, said USOPC chair Susanne Lyons during a conference call on Thursday, adding athletes should not be punished for the actions of their governments.
"We know that the IOC is beginning to think about whether there's a pathway back for the Russian athletes," said Lyons. "They are beginning to reach out to all of their stakeholders to get input on that topic.
I Might Be a Bit Biased....
Amen! (Though I might be a bit biased!)
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Host City Americas Panel #6: The role of events in promoting people and places featuring Anita
It was such an absolute pleasure to join Host City Americas once again for their 2022 event. Be sure to watch for free on YouTube for this educational and informational panel!
The Last Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Dead at 91: A Historical Fixture in Olympic History
Mikhail Gorbachev was a controversial figure in world history, but also one that left a lasting influence and impression on world sports and Olympic history as well.
Remembering a Dark Day in Olympic History: The terror attack on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games
On August 26th, 1972, the world would celebrate the commencement of the Munich Olympic Games. This well written article by Deutsche Welle commemorates the heroes and victims of the barbaric attacks that overshadowed the '72 Games' legacy, while reminding us to remain ever vigilant and to refuse to bow to fear and terror.
Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.