Mike Rowbottom: Goodbye Gebrselassie - the greatest by smiles

Mike Rowbottom: Goodbye Gebrselassie - the greatest by smiles

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.


Michael Pavitt: Actions will speak louder the words as FIFA attempts to tackle discrimination

Michael Pavitt: Actions will speak louder the words as FIFA attempts to tackle discrimination

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.



Nick Butler: Chelyabinsk - Home of nuclear spills, falling meteors and changing times for Mr Vizer

Nick Butler: Chelyabinsk - Home of nuclear spills, falling meteors and changing times for Mr Vizer

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.


David Owen: Twitter and the art of sports electioneering

David Owen: Twitter and the art of sports electioneering

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.