Op Ed: A New Bidding Strategy for the Olympic Games

IOC honorary member and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen proposes a new system to determine Olympic host cities

WADA Should be Independent, Not Almighty and Unaccountable -- OpEd

Hein Verbruggen, honorary IOC Member and former president of the UCI, gives his thoughts on WADA and its place in the fight against doping.

Verbruggen: Cycling Not to Blame for Doping Crisis

Retired sports leader Hein Verbruggen offers his rebuttal to an ATR OpEd by Iday Uyoe on Doping in Sport.

Op-Ed: WADA is no place for absolute authorities and politics (Part two)

Op-Ed: WADA Is No Place For Absolute Authorities and Politics

IOC honorary member and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen wants an independent body to monitor WADA.

Former Cycling Chief Threatens Suit Against Federation

(ATR) Hein Verbruggen launched a website on Wednesday to fight back against his former employer.

UPDATED - IOC Honorary Member Cleared of Accepting Armstrong Bribes

(ATR) Hein Verbruggen tells ATR he's "satisfied" with report into doping in cycling despite criticism of him... IOC responds

Golden 25 -- SportAccord President #21

Top Story Replay -- Verbruggen Denies Latest Armstrong Accusations

(ATR) Former international cycling federation chief Hein Verbruggen tells Around the Rings that Lance Armstrong's new accusations he helped cover up a failed drugs test are nonsense. ATR's Mark Bisson reports.

Bernard Lapasset to Stand Against Marius Vizer for SportAccord Presidency

(ATR) International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset today announced his candidacy for the presidency of SportAccord. He will stand against Marius Vizer in next month's elections. European editor Mark Bisson reports.

Exclusive - Vizer Fully Confident in Securing SportAccord Presidency

(ATR) Marius Vizer tells Around the Rings he wants to scrap the SportAccord name if he becomes president of the umbrella association for international federations.

Five Candidates Tapped for SportAccord Presidency

(ATR) Around the Rings has learned that five candidates have been targeted to replace outgoing SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen.

IOC Strips Armstrong of Medal

(ATR) The IOC says it will strip Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympics.

Hein Verbruggen, Hassan Al Thawadi and Alessandro Del Piero to speak at Securing Sport 2013

Verbruggen on the Defensive; Armstrong Loses Sponsors

(ATR) Former cycling chief distances himself from Dutch newspaper report ... Anheuser-Busch, Radioshack, Trek follow Nike's lead and drop sponsorship of Lance Armstrong ... More inside ...

OpEd: Armstrong Saga to Touch IOC

(ATR) The IOC may have little choice to get involved in the aftermath of the doping investigation of cyclist Lance Armstrong ... Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula has more in this OpEd ...

Olympic Newsdesk -- Bolt Keen on Rio 2016, Targets "Different Goals"; Dow Recycles Stadium Wrap

(ATR) Usain Bolt might combine the sprints with 400m or long jump... Dow Chemical finally wins positive headlines for recycling plan after protest-hit build-up to Games... SportAccord president restates retirement plan... Big response to Brazil 2014 volunteer program

On the Scene in Quebec - SportAccord Turns 10

(ATR) SportAccord celebrates its past and looks ahead to the future as its 10th anniversary convention gets underway. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports from Quebec City, Canada.

SportAccord Special Edition Magazine Now Online

Features include an interview with Hein Verbruggen, a sport-by-sport rundown of what's new for the London Olympics, reflections from federation leaders about SportAccord's "Decade of Change" and a brief history of Around the Rings, now 20 years old and counting! 

Tuesday Talk - Hein Verbruggen on Expanded Multi-Sport Events

(ATR) For SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen, the future of the umbrella body for 105 international sports federations and organizations is bright following another year of strong growth. ATR's Mark Bisson has more ...

The international sports movement commits to defending the integrity of competitions globally

Golden 25 - Coke Chief Kent, Association Leaders #14, 15

(ATR) The head of Olympic sponsor Coke is 14th in the 2012 edition of the Around the Rings Golden 25, the most influential personalities and factors for the Olympics in the year ahead. Leaders of ASOIF and SportAccord hold 15th spot in the list.

Federations Roundup - 2012 Football Qualifier Update; SportAccord Signs TV Agency

(ATR) Australia's women lose hope after WADA appeal fails ... Aussie men still alive ... Umbrella organization partners with IEC in Sports ... Volleyball president stresses rights of national federations ...

SportAccord teams up with IEC in Sports

Inside Story - Verbruggen Staying Put as SportAccord President

(ATR) Despite facing a bid for his SportAccord presidency, Hein Verbruggen tells Around the Rings that he has no plans to step down in 2012. ATR European Editor Mark Bisson has the exclusive report...

SportAccord Closes; Quebec City Next; Moscow for ANOC?

(ATR) Ninth SportAccord Convention closes ... Quebec City next host ... ANOC chief won’t confirm reports of host for meeting ... More on-the-scene reporting inside.

SportAccord 2011 Special Edition Magazine Now Online

Features include Hein Verbruggen interview, federation leaders on why sport matters, countdown to London 2012 "testing time," London's changing scene, ATR's Olympic Bid Power Index for the 2018 Winter Games, a preview of bid city candidates for 2020, Steffi Jones interview and more...

Monday Memo -- IOC Executive Board; SportAccord Convention; Curling Champs

(ATR) A look at the week ahead ... IOC Executive Board meets ... Federations gather ... Men’s curling world champs.

Tuesday Talk -- SportAccord President on Illegal Betting, Mind Games, Multi-Sport Events

(ATR) Hein Verbruggen tells Around the Rings the umbrella association for international sports federations will tackle the threat of irregular and illegal betting head-on in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Golden 25 -- IOC Marketer, Sports Feds Chief, #23, 24

(ATR) The IOC member who leads the push for new sponsors and an ex-IOC member who leads the world's sports federations take #23 and #24 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2011, the ranking of the most influential personalities for the Olympic Movement in the year ahead.