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Mike Rowbottom: Economics, politics and doping prompt Wallechinsky to halt production of his Olympic "bible"

Mike Rowbottom: Economics, politics and doping prompt Wallechinsky to halt production of his Olympic "bible"

As the Rio Olympics loom large on the horizon, there is good news and bad as far as David Wallechinsky, that doyen of Olympic observers, is concerned: he will be in Brazil to cover his 13th Games BUT there will be no fresh and updated edition of his sporting set text, The Complete Book of the Olympics, which has proved an unrivalled companion to the Games for so many thousands of sports followers since it first appeared in 1984.











Nick Butler: Will the IOC be able to justify not imposing a ban on Russia from Rio 2016?

Nick Butler: Will the IOC be able to justify not imposing a ban on Russia from Rio 2016?

It has been another remarkable day in what has already been a remarkable year in the world of sport. Russia, represented by the vociferously defensive Sports Minister Vitaly "your allegations are absurd" Mutko, resolutely put to the sword in a 100-page World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report which pinned most of the blame on his shoulders and those of his deputy, Yuri Nagornykh.


Michael Pavitt: Triathlon mixed relay shows its appeal as time penalties continue to frustrate

Michael Pavitt: Triathlon mixed relay shows its appeal as time penalties continue to frustrate

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) have been beating the drum repeatedly about having their mixed team relay event included as a discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. If the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese organisers still were unaware of this, then the commentator at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships made sure to hammer home the message. Tokyo 2020 was never far away from his lips.