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Birchfield Harriers’ Lyn Orbell – just the ticket for London 2017’s “athletics family” initiative

Birchfield Harriers’ Lyn Orbell – just the ticket for London 2017’s “athletics family” initiative

Lyn Orbell has been a volunteer at Birchfield Harriers athletics club for more than 40 years. She’s worked as a team manager, a coach, an administrator, a tea-maker, a sweeper-upper…you name it.  And right now she is feeling very excited about the prospect of watching World Championship athletics in the Olympic Stadium next summer – a prospect that has been made virtually certain by the recent ticketing announcement made by the organisers of London 2017. She is bang in the centre of their target…









The crises that have rocked world sport in 2015 are helping to speed the spread of better financial practice among leading International Federations

The crises that have rocked world sport in 2015 are helping to speed the spread of better financial practice among leading International Federations

"Good governance and autonomy are strongly linked; they are two sides of the same coin.” This maxim, taken from the background document to the Olympic Agenda 2020 proposals approved almost exactly a year ago by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting in Monaco, encapsulates why 2015 has been such a disastrous year for advocates of maximum autonomy for sports organisations.



Neither hippos nor crocodiles can check the progress of Zimbabwe’s Olympic sculler Thornycroft – but sporting realpolitik has altered her Rio 2016 course

Neither hippos nor crocodiles can check the progress of Zimbabwe’s Olympic sculler Thornycroft – but sporting realpolitik has altered her Rio 2016 course

It’s a truism that every Olympic sport, and indeed every aspiring Olympic sport, wants to grow. You don’t hear a lot of International Federation Presidents talking in urgent tones about the need to reduce participation. But the question of growth is complex – does it mean more people, or does it mean people doing better?