Life is pretty good for World Karate Federation (WKF) President Antonio Espinós at the moment.
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Among tragic events that grab the world’s attention, such as what happened in Paris (and Beirut) a couple of weeks ago, there are always good things that happen and good people that give solace, courage and hope. You read something, listen to something, watch something - and just say ‘wow’.
Duncan Mackay: Sebastian Coe is definitely right man to lead IAAF but crisis still long way from being over
Sebastian Coe's decision to finally give up his ambassadorial position with sportswear company Nike should allow him to drown out what he described as the "noise" which had become "intolerable and a distraction" from concentrating on sorting out problems at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
So the race is on to design a new logo for the Tokyo 2020 Games, with a million yen and a place at the Opening Ceremonies on offer to the lucky winner.
I can’t be the only European sports follower of a certain age who last week, when the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek hit the news for the reasons we all know about, thought that the name of the place rang a vague bell.
The ring of steel that has encircled the vast majority of major sporting events since September 5, 1972 is having to be re-enforced because of the latest horrific acts of terrorism.
I felt a little out of my depth on arrival in Tokyo last week for the finale of the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s (WBSC) inaugural Premier12 tournament.
Leading up to the US hosted 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup I served as the chairman of the organising committee. As one who had spent decades in the Olympic World it was both a daunting challenge and a privilege to take part in what would become the most successful Women’s World Cup in history.
The Olympic Games are considered the pinnacle of any athlete’s career by many, but for some, an appearance on the grandest stage of them all barely tops their ever-growing list of priorities.
Nearly a week has passed. Enough time for the shock to subside – at least for those of us who did not have the rank, diabolical bad luck to be in the wrong place when a swaggering gang of Kalashnikov-toting nihilists went on the rampage.
Jonah Lomu, the All Black winger who died suddenly this week aged 40, never won a Rugby World Cup winner’s medal.
Daniel Etchells: Russia maintain status quo but that doesn't tell full story of World Sambo Championships
I must admit, I’ve completely lost count of the number of times I’ve heard the Russian national anthem being played across the four sambo events I’ve covered for insidethegames over the past six months.
At a time when sport is gripped by a siege mentality, bruised, bloodied and sinking fast in a mire of drugs, corruption and other assorted scandals, it is good that we have at least reached the time of the year when we can deliberate on the deeds of the good rather than the ugly misdeeds of the bad.
There was one dominant topic of conversation in the lobby of the freshly re-opened Hôtel Royal Savoy in Lausanne during last week’s SportAccord International Federations Forum.
As regular readers probably know, I am sceptical about sport’s ability to bring doping by top-level athletes under anything resembling control.