Tomorrow, I am speaking at the Crossing the Line Summit being put together by my good mate, Gearoid Towey.
Inside the Blogs
Mike Rowbottom: "Fun" and pies on demand at Sutton United - the danger to sport behind the fixed grin of the bookies
This may seem a little far-fetched, but bear with me. Once, while a friend and I were playing pool, he suggested that we put some money on the next match.
David Owen: "Big happy" in Sapporo - memories of an unorthodox night of sport in a past - and possibly future - Winter Olympic host city
I was pleased to read that Olympic power-broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah had endorsed Sapporo's credentials as a potential host of the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games during a visit to Japan's northernmost big city this week.
How long will it be before football is played with headguards or heading the ball is banned?
I had a lot of fun trying to track down International Olympic Committee (IOC) members to canvass their views on possible plans to award both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games later this year.
Earlier today, the Asian Winter Games Opening Ceremony took place in the Sapporo Dome, getting the eighth edition of the multi-sport event underway. In some respects, it felt like an Opening Ceremony, but in others it did not.
Debate and discussion on planet football this week has mostly fixated on whether Arsène Wenger should remain as manager of English Premier League club Arsenal or whether his time to step away has finally come.
Over the years, I have been lucky enough to work for many, many International Federations ranging from FIFA and the International Association of Athletics Federations to the International Hockey Federation and International Gymnastics Federation.
The jokey phrase that has travelled the rounds within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to describe lightweight rowing at the Games - "basketball for short people" - makes it clear what the leadership of the sport has been up against over the last couple of years in trying to maintain at least some lightweight elements in future Olympic programmes.
David Owen: Never mind travel costs, the NHL has a good case for part-payment of Pyeongchang-bound players' salaries
Earlier this month, at around the same time as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was visiting National Hockey League (NHL) offices in New York, a media release dropped into my inbox.
Those of us who were in Singapore back in 2005 when London hit the Olympic jackpot will recall how David Beckham was the star turn of the Sebastian Coe roadshow.
Speaking in the build-up to last week’s Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Presidential election in Dublin, outside contender Bernard O’Byrne made what I thought was a rather fascinating point in response to a question on strategy.
As the numbers on the Omega countdown clock began to tick down to the one-year to go mark until the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, it was interesting to take note of the surroundings. Located on the Seoul Plaza, surrounded by bustling roads and streets in which hundreds of people had passed through during the day, it seemed like the ideal location to place the clock.
Liam Morgan: Biathlon in the spotlight for the wrong reasons as World Championships begin in Hochfilzen
Global attention when an International Federation (IF) holds its World Championships is supposed to focus on the sporting action.
Chelsea Warr: One year out from Pyeongchang 2018, UK Sport are focused on retaining position as a sporting superpower
With one year to go to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, it is fair to say that Olympic and Paralympic sport in the UK is in a position of real strength.