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Mike Rowbottom: Standing on the threshold of Olympic history in the Sorbonne

Mike Rowbottom: Standing on the threshold of Olympic history in the Sorbonne

The threshold is a clear one, between marble tiles and parquet flooring. The door stands ajar, its brass nameplate proclaiming “Salle Greard.” On June 23 1894, Baron Pierre De Coubertin and a group of invited delegates walked in over this threshold deep within the Sorbonne University buildings and, later in the day, out over it. During which time the International Olympic Committee, and the modern Games, were born.





Daniel Etchells: Weightlifting gets tough on dopers but the IOC have given Russia hope

Daniel Etchells: Weightlifting gets tough on dopers but the IOC have given Russia hope

Back in December, I wrote a blog in the aftermath of the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston commending the sport’s world governing body’s decision to ban 11 Bulgarian weightlifters from competing at Rio 2016 after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol during a training camp for last year’s European Championships in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.



Sergej Litvinov: An open letter to Sebastian Coe

Sergej Litvinov: An open letter to Sebastian Coe

Dear Lord Coe,

When it was announced that the Russian team will be banned from the upcoming Olympics last week, the common reaction here in Russia was denial mixed with anger. Many top athletes and officials continue to deny the scope of the problem and are angry that Russia is being singled out while similar issues exist in many places across the world.