From where he was sitting in the Salle de Mer of Monaco’s Fairmont Hotel last Thursday, Haile Gebrselassie had a view clear over the Mediterranean Sea. But as his gaze fell on that mass of sun-dazzled, shifting water, his vision was of his Ethiopian homeland and what he hoped to do for those athletes following in his illustrious wake.
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Nick Butler: What can Tokyo 2020 learn from "flexible" Rio 2016 after Olympic and Paralympic debrief?
I spent much of my visit to Tokyo last week for the Rio 2016 debrief and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission inspection staying in a quintessentially Japanese capsule hotel.
During the final days of November, numerous Australian high school graduates begin making their way to Gold Coast for week-long holidays after their last exams. The city becomes host to the annual "schoolies", with parties taking place as the students aim to let their hair down.
Liam Morgan: Lack of leadership sums up why the Commonwealth Games Federation are right to feel so angry about Durban 2022
On Monday (December 5), a five-day inspection of preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast is due to begin in the beautiful Australian city, with Coordination Commission members likely to be greeted by glorious weather and a genuine feeling of warmth for the event from local residents.
David Owen: Targeting the worst drug cheats is all fine and dandy, but with retrospective analysis, all samples should eventually be re-tested
Let’s begin by giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a little credit.
By storing Olympic athletes’ anti-doping samples for possible reanalysis for a number of years, in the knowledge that analytical methods will probably improve over time, the IOC has put in place a valuable tool that could, if utilised to fullest extent, afford periodic snapshots of the true level of doping in elite sport, albeit some years after the event.
As the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website attests, the number of its affiliated federations has grown dramatically from the 17 founding members in 1912. "The total number of countries and territories currently affiliated to the IAAF stands at 214, which places the IAAF among the world’s largest sporting organisations, and with more members than the United Nations," it reads.
What the hell has been happening to sport? Sleaze and scandals by the bucket-load.
Earlier this month, we announced a new partnership with a sporting team. Nothing unusual in that. Brands like SKINS do it all the time.
Nick Butler: IOC and WADA need to stop fighting if genuine improvement is ever going to be made in war on doping
Last week began with a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board meeting in Glasgow, presented as a seminal step and turning-point in the global fight against drugs in sport.
Max Winters: Peace and Sport Forum gives hope that sport can be a successful vehicle in achieving global harmony
At a time when there are so many problems in the world, it was refreshing to be in attendance at this week’s Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco.
Liam Morgan: IOC must not rest until athletes cheated out of Olympic medals are rewarded - despite ongoing retest confusion
In a press release back in May, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach insisted they were "showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competitions" by retesting samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Stepping up on that stage, I’ll admit I had butterflies in my stomach…not because of the size of the crowd or the sense of occasion and expectation that filled the giant room - after a few years as a public representative you find ways to overcome such distractions and try to focus on more important things.
Combating doping in elite sport is a complex matter to be sure. But not in every respect. Ask most elite sportsmen or women if they favour a life ban for serious cheats, for instance, and the answer is almost invariably “yes”. Ask them if they believe serious cheats should have a place at the Olympics and the answer is almost invariably “no.”
With that key World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board meeting fast approaching, last week seemed a good time for my first head-to-head with Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the closest thing we have to an Eliot Ness of anti-doping.
Just like Buster the boxer dog in the latest much-lauded John Lewis TV Christmas ad, boxing itself is bouncing high in 2016.