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Are Drugs Winning the games?


Sydney will be affected by illegal substances and methods, including EPO. The drug’s introduction in 1987 was followed by a series of mysterious heart attacks among Dutch cyclists.

It isn’t cheating if everybody else is doing it.” So declared Canadian track coach Charlie Francis in 1988 when his sprinter Ben Johnson became the Olympics’ highest-profile disqualification ever by testing positive for steroids. But of 8,465 competitors at Seoul, only Johnson and nine others were booted for drugs. What’s…

Olympic Shorts


American boxer Banks, who fought against Regilio Tuur of the Netherlands, ran into a hard right hand and suffered a one-punch knockout that left him unconscious for a full three minutes.

It was a dazed and daffy week in boxing. Typical of the confusion to come was the fate of Canadian featherweight Jamie Pagendam. On Sunday he was declared a loser on a technical knockout. On Monday he won a reversal because the Ivory Coast referee had miscounted knockdowns that should…

A Tidal Wave off Winners


At the ‘84 Olympic Games, the Dutch women may have deserved an award for the most medals from the smallest country: a total of six, incl. Van Staveren’s gold and Verstappen’s bronze.

U.S. swimmers, men and women, left opponents in their wake

The shape of a swimming race, when form holds, begins as a shallow V, swept back from Lane 4, where the fastest qualifier starts, to the humble wing positions of Lanes 1 and 8. The V sharpens until, if…

Showdown at Sapporo


As expected, The Netherlands’ strapping speed skater, Ard Schenk, won the 5,000 meters handily. Next day, though, the flying Dutchman fell at the start of the 500 meters.

Trumpets blared. Fireworks exploded. Drums and cannons thundered. A 700-voice chorus sang hallelujah. A band played The Ballad of Rainbow and Snow. Eight hundred Japanese children on ice skates released 18,000 multicolored balloons into the air. More than 1,000 athletes from 35 countries paraded in their winter finery. And right…

Olympic War


The Netherlands’ Olympic Committee withdrew from the Olympic games, donating 100,000 guilder, ($26,000) of its Olympic fund to Hungarian war relief.

Half the globe away from the world’s shooting wars, the vanguard of an international brigade of athletes invaded Australia. They had come, so they were told, to promote peace. But the repercussions of far-off gunfire were felt in Melbourne’s Olympic village—and might just possibly wreck the 1956 games.


The Big Boy


A 30-year-old Dutch housewife, long-legged Mrs. Fannie Blankers-Koen, made Olympic history by winning four gold medals.

The kid from California was only 17, and almost unknown. But last week in Wembley Stadium, husky 6 ft. 2 in. Bob Mathias, in two days’ grueling competition, outran, outthrew, and outjumped 34 competitors, to win the Olympic Games decathlon. In victory, at an age when most youngsters are still…

Olympic Games


Queen Wilhelimina, following  the Fourth Commandment, opposes sport on Sunday during the Olympic Games.

. . . The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord Thy God: in it thou shall not do any work. . . .


To Her Majesty Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, Queen of the Netherlands, the Fourth Commandment means exactly what it says and is a specific prohibition against sport on Sunday.




The bill to finance the Olympics is defeated. Catholic and Calvinist deputies joined forces and called the games “heathenish.”

A bill asking for a million florin ($400,000) appropriation to finance the 1928 Olympic Games, introduced last month (TIME, Apr. 6), was defeated by 48 to 36 in the Lower House of the States-General (Parliament) at The Hague.

Catholic and Calvinist deputies joined forces against the Liberal and Socialist supporters of the Government, called the…

“Mere Sport”


The 1928 Olympic Games are to be held in the Netherlands. A bill went before Parliament asking for 1,000,000 florins ($400,000) to finance the great sporting event.

The 1928 Olympic Games are to be held in the Netherlands. A bill went before Parliament asking for 1,000,000 florins ($400,000) to finance the great sporting event.

The Opposition seized upon a vital point, hammered it with much vigor. Some of the Games would be held on Sunday. The Calvinists held up their…

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