Former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier, left, throws a punch at challenger Alexander Gustafsson during UFC 192 in 2015. (Juan Deleon/Associated Press)

This summer, Kayla Harrison will attempt to defend her Olympic gold medal in judo. If all goes as planned, she’ll end up atop a podium at the Rio Games, add more hardware to the trophy case and return home with a big decision to make.

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Russia's potential athletics ban from Rio 2016 is still the biggest issue for the likes of IAAF President Sebastian Coe, left, and IOC head Thomas Bach to discuss ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

This week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne promises to be the most significant not just of Thomas Bach’s tenure, but perhaps ever since the fateful 1998 affair at which former International Ski Federation President Marc Hodler first alerted the world to the simmering Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

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LONDON—Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Fresh allegations have put more pressure on the IOC President Thomas Bach (IOC), who has enjoyed a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin ©Getty Images

Throughout my time covering the Olympic Movement - about 15 years - we have tended to take a pretty dim view of the boycott-marred 1970s and 1980s.

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