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Four specific resolutions on doping were made by the IOC during their Executive Board meeting today ©IOC

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An Olympic Stakeholder meeting is due to take place on June 21 in order to "coordinate and harmonise" anti-doping approaches before Rio 2016, it was decided at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting here today.

The IOC also revealed it is extending its re-testing programme of doping samples submitted at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 to include all medal winners.

This expands on the targeted re-analysis of athletes due to compete at Rio 2016 completed last month.

An IOC budget for its pre-Olympic testing programme has also doubled to $500,000 (£346,000/€447,000).

It will be combined with separate contributions by both International Federations and National Olympic Committees.

A "special focus" will be put on countries where the testing programme is non-compliant - Kenya, Russia and Mexico - as well as upon those sports which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has declared most affected.

The meeting, expected to take place here in this Swiss city, will "coordinate and harmonise the approach among IFs, which take the first decision of the eligibility of athletes with respect to qualification for and participation in the Olympic Games".

It will also have to address the "difficult decision between collective responsibility and individual justice".

The meeting is due to take place just four days after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council meeting in Vienna at which a verdict will be made as to whether to lift a suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation in time for athletes from that country to complete at Rio 2016.

Athletics is likely to be among the sports which come under the IOC's "special focus", along with the likes of boxing following discussion today by the Executive Board on the reported lack of out-of-competition testing in the sport in 2014 and 2015.

A detailed agenda of the Stakeholders meeting is yet to be drawn-up.

One possible item could be a process to draw up more uniform punishments for NOCs and IFs deemed non-compliant by WADA.

At present, WADA has no power to do anything other than recommend further action.

An Olympic Summit is also scheduled to be held in October, the IOC announced today, in order to "evaluate and review the entire doping programme and measures being taken for the Olympic Games Rio 2016".

The IOC will continue to push for all testing independent from sports organisations and to harmonise national and international testing under the leadership of a new entity, expected to be under the umbrella of WADA.

This should be fully in place and operational in time for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

More discussions on doping are expected to take place when the Executive Board meeting continues tomorrow.

A progress report on preparations for Rio 2016 is another leading item on the agenda.

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Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

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Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

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With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

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Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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