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...

Op Ed: Rogge Legacy Shaped by Final Term

Jacques Rogge is on his way to his final four years as IOC President, with much to do to assure his legacy.

Op Ed: Media Role for Olympic Bids - Respect, Reform, No Spies

(ATR) After visits to all four cities in the race for the 2016 Olympics, we think it's time for some changes in the way the media fit into the selection of a host city.

Bid City Blog from Tokyo: English Spoken, Media Count, Fashionwear

(ATR) English is spoken here, a message Japanese bid leaders are eager to deliver during the visit of the IOC 2016 commission in Tokyo this week big numbers for the press corps and a bid neckwear update. Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula has more in the Bid City Blog…

Oprah and White House Come to Aid of Chicago Bid

(ATR) Oprah Winfrey toasts the IOC commission inspecting Chicago's Olympic bid and the White House pledges more help for 2016. More on the scene coverage from Chicago, inside…

Media Watch -- Chicago Gets Ready for IOC Visit; Kenya Looks for Support from Brazil

Chicago gets ready  for IOC evaluation commission visit... Kenya looks for help from Brazil... Beijing Olympics receives 12 nominations for the Sport Emmy awards...

On the Scene: IOC Faces Chicago Weather Bluster

(ATR) Volunteers endured biting winds and rain to help show a team from the IOC the venues planned for the Chicago bid for the 2016 Olympics.

Op Ed: Obama Time for U.S. Bid

(ATR) President Barack Obama's first public utterance of the word "Olympics" as head of state probably isn't the way Chicago bid leaders had hoped it might go.

Olympic Briefs -- Eight Candidates Vie for KOC Leadership; Coe Joins 2018 Bid

(ATR) Former International Judo Federation President Y.S. Park stands out in field to head the Korean Olympic Committee... LOCOG chair named board member of England's World Cup bid

Op Ed: Banning Corruption from Chicago Olympic Bid

(ATR) The impeachment of the governor of Illinois removes a cloud over the Chicago Olympic bid. But is this episode just a reminder that political corruption is a fact of life in the Windy City?

Bidding for Games: Two Cities Vie for Next Olympics in Australia

(ATR) A contest is emerging between two cities for the right to seek the next Summer Olympics in Australia, which could be nearly 20 years away.

Bidding for the Games -- Chicago Announces Venue Changes

(ATR) Some major sports venues are on the move in the enhanced plan unveiled Friday by the Chicago 2016 bid committee. Organizers say they hope the improvements will impress the International Olympic Committee with a meaningful legacy and a more "cohesive and festive Games."

Field Hockey Shakes Up Leadership, IOC

(ATR) A new president takes charge of the International Hockey Federation following a vote this weekend that has implications for the IOC, as well.

On the Scene in Istanbul: Challenging Times for Youth Olympic Games Organizers

(ATR) Despite a slew of challenges ahead in fast-track preparations for the Summer 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, the IOC's Olympic Games executive director denies there are any major stumbling blocks to staging a successful event.

Bidding for the Games: 2016 Cities Scrutinized in Istanbul

(ATR) The four cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics are assembling their teams in Istanbul where they will present Friday to the annual assembly of the European Olympic Committees.

Bidding for the 2016 Games: Tokyo Changes, Madrid Promotes Tolerance, Gymnastics for Chicago, Rio in London

(ATR) Major changes for venues in the Tokyo 2016 bid plan...Madrid promotes tolerance...Chicago lands a gymnastics event and Rio de Janeiro attends a London conference

London Update: Jowell Returns from Brazil, Handball Venue

(ATR) London's Olympics Minister defends a trip to Brazil...landscaping for the Olympic Park...and a handball venue design is ready.

On the Scene in Bali: 2016 Olympic Cities Appeal to Asia

(ATR) With competitors digging out points at the first Asian Beach Games in Bali this week, the cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics tried to score indoors in Bali, making their latest round of appeals for support to a meeting of the influential Olympic Council of Asia.

Bidding for the Games: IOC Schedules Inspections for 2016 Olympic Bids

(ATR) The IOC has announced the schedule for official visits to the 2016 bid cities