Back in February 1976 when I edited the magazine Sportsworld, then the official publication of the British Olympic Association, I received a telephone call from a Melbourne radio station in the middle of the night following the British figure skater John Curry’s breathtakingly artistic gold medal-winning performance in the Innsbruck Winter Games.
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Nick Butler: Rivalries between "official" and "unsanctioned" sporting bodies will increase the more money there is in sport
“Autonomy” is among the top words of today in sporting circles. This has chiefly concerned National Olympic Committees and ensuring they are free of Government interference. But in recent weeks we have also seen the emergence of conflict on several fronts between established sporting events and unsanctioned rivals.
Last week it was 100 days to go, then there was the formal handover in Athens. But this latest milestone is particularly special as the Olympic Torch arrives on home soil.
Michael Pavitt: Sutton case highlights challenge of managing and motivating in high performance sport
In the world of sport, invariably, if a coach is the subject of headlines it is normally a sign that something has gone drastically wrong.
Only once in my sports writing career have I begun an interview with an expletive.
There’s some banter flying around on social media this week following Sir Steve Redgrave’s tongue-in-cheek assessment of whether, as was suggested to him, he was the greatest Olympian of all time.
As we approach the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on May 3, it seems fitting to observe that the great writer – whose play The Tempest provided part of the inspiration for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony - bequeathed us the perfect summary of the Tokyo 2020 logo saga: Much Ado About Nothing.
Philip Barker: Rio 2016 Handover Ceremony set to be fitting way to mark 80th anniversary of first event
The magnificent Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens is where representatives of Rio de Janeiro will tomorrow formally take charge of the Olympic flame for 2016 after Greek rower Katerina Nikolaidou has lit a special golden cauldron to end a journey of 2,235 kilometres around Greece.
Nick Butler: Baumann is probably right choice as President of SportAccord but under him organisation will not be very important
As votes were being cast to elect the new President of SportAccord on Friday (April 22), leading candidate Patrick Baumann could be spotted trotting around the Swiss Tech Convention Centre, chatting to delegates while periodically taking phone calls.
“Kenya… Kenya beat Fiji in the final of the Singapore Sevens”.
Liam Morgan: SportAccord Convention failed to cause controversy of 2015 but has still left sporting world with much to ponder
The entire room waited with bated breath as former SportAccord President Marius Vizer took the microphone during this week’s Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) General Assembly.
The Rio 2016 Olympic flame is now well underway in its majestic progress across Greece before making for Brazil, but there is something about the surroundings in Ancient Olympia that make the start of the journey very special indeed. The lighting ceremony has the capacity to inspire many emotions, but for the athletes of the world it serves as the ultimate clarion call for the Games.
Adam Scott regrets he will be unable to attend the Rio 2016 Olympics golf competition owing to a subsequent engagement.
It is hardly a case of ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’
Back in the early sixties, when it became known that high-altitude Mexico City would be staging the 1968 Olympic Games, the estimable but irascible Chris Brasher declared in The Observer: “There will be those who die...!”