I’ll say this for SportAccord President Marius Vizer: sports politics is much more gripping when he is around.
MIke Rowbottom: Running into trouble with a hawk - and the best conversational gambit for mountain lions
I was just going to write something momentous about world sport when I saw a tweet from a friend saying he had been attacked while he was on a new running route. By a hawk.
Jaimie Fuller: Sponsors need to pressurise FIFA into action over appalling working conditions in Qatar
A compression wear brand telling Adidas what to do? Surely not…
Sport, as well as the Tories, got a surprise result in the British General Election. The new team moving into the Whitehall locker room at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has a heartening game-changing look about it.
It may hold the rather dubious honour of having American nu metal act Limp Bizkit and English veteran Sting as the best known musicians to have played within its walls, but the 7,500 capacity Traktor Ice Arena in Chelyabinsk has this week provided another strong advert for Russia’s reputation as an efficient host of major sporting events.
More than three decades ago at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, youth sambo was showcased during the Opening Ceremony.
While it’s a common misconception that sambo was formally recognised as a demonstration sport of the Games, its flirtation with the leading international multi-sport event remains the most significant example of such to this day.
Is there any other issue in sport that provokes the amount of debate, controversy and outrage as doping?
Is there any other problem that attracts the headlines quite so frequently on a regular basis?
Alarmingly, doping in sport is a freight train that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, and what a shame that is.
There is no question which sporting story has dominated the news in Britain this week - and for once it has nothing to do with football.
So Haile Gebrselassie is no longer involved in competitive athletics. The 42-year-old Ethiopian phenomenon, who announced his retirement after last weekend's Great Manchester Run, has won two Olympic and eight world titles. He has earned victory in 11 major marathons. And he has set 27 world records on track and road.
It is often said that actions speak louder than words.
The phrase seems extremely apt when it comes to FIFA’s approach to dealing with the problem of discrimination and racism at football matches. Granted, tackling the problem is no quick fix and naturally it would be difficult for FIFA to police crowds at matches across the world. However, I can’t help be feel they should be doing more to tackle the problem.
James DeGale is on the cusp of making history as the first British Olympic boxing champion to convert his gold medal into a world professional title.
Chelyabinsk, the latest stop on the Olympic Movement's recent Russian tour, is a city in the Southern Urals most interesting for two rather unusual historical happenings. The first, over half a century ago in 1957, was a nuclear spillage at nearby Ozyorsk rated as history’s worst until Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011. This was followed in February 2013 by the falling of a meteor close to the city, the light of which was reportedly brighter than the sun.
It being general election week here in the United Kingdom, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the two high-profile electoral battles currently being waged in the world of sport, via the medium of the candidates’ Twitter feeds.
Not because I judge this likely to offer great insights into the identity of the eventual winners: the sports officials in whose hands the outcomes lie are assuredly far too high-minded to be swayed by anything as trivial as social media.
In the FIFA Presidential "race", Sepp says he doesn’t need a manifesto…
For the moment, the blue riband of cycling - the Hour record - rests with an Englishman. But another Englishman won’t rest until it rests with him - for a very long time.
The first Englishman - Commonwealth time trial gold medallist Alex Dowsett - belatedly accomplished his goal at the weekend as he set the new record of 52.937 kilometres at the Manchester Velodrome.