In May last year, I flew into London and then, shaking off jetlag, went straight to cover a Presidential election which typified the brutal and secretive world of sports politics in all its glory.
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Michael Pavitt: Bardet disappointment provides lasting image of Tour de France despite Froome's success
The biggest trauma endured by Chris Froome in the closing days of this year’s Tour de France was arguably keeping hold of his post-race speech on the podium. Having rather sheepishly been given them back by runner-up Rigoberto Uran, the Froome carried on as planned as if nothing had happened.
On the scenic drive from Lynden Pindling international airport across this quite stunning island, evidence that The Bahamas was hosting the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games was everywhere.
Daniel Etchells: Weighing up the pros and cons for making London the permanent home of the World Para Athletics Championships
Competition is still ongoing at the 2017 World Para Athletic Championships here in London, but talk over where the next edition of the biennial event will be held and whether it could even return to England’s capital in two years’ time has already begun.
For a few seconds, Ryan Bailey - running the final leg for the United States men's 4x100 metres team at the London 2012 Olympics - could sense gold at the end of the track.
David Owen: Analysis of new IOC accounts shows how distributions to sports federations and National Olympic Committees have virtually stopped growing
Lost in the drama of last week’s Extraordinary Session in Lausanne, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released its 2016 annual report.
Wembley hosted two fistic events last weekend. One was a genuine contest between Chris Eubank Jnr and German veteran Arthur Abraham, albeit for a tinpot title (the IBO super-middleweight belt) and the other - well, I’m not quite sure what it was.
Nick Butler: Bach deserves top marks for political skill but less so for transparency after "win-win-win"
My single abiding memory of last week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Extraordinary Session in Lausanne came sitting in the bar listening to one, nameless, observer perform an astoundingly brilliant impression of the body’s President, Thomas Bach.
Earlier this week, a debate between British politicians at Westminster Hall provoked headlines and general outrage. The coverage primarily focused on Labour politician Diane Abbott who had outlined the abhorrent abuse she receives on social media on a daily basis.
Liam Morgan: Sliding sports most affected by Winter Olympic changes but will they be enough to attract future bidders?
Reading through the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) press release following the decision taken in Lausanne this week regarding the 2026 Winter Games, one phrase leaps off the page like a ski jumper at the bottom of the ramp.
Philip Barker: From Brexit negotiators to Oval Office candidates - it takes all sorts to run an Olympics
French politician Michel Barnier returns to the negotiating table as he leads the European Union team in the discussions on Brexit.
Doubt. That’s what’s required for sporting contests. It can be faint - but doubt there must be if the game, the match, the event, the race is not to be inert. Nobody – save perhaps, and not necessarily, the victor - loves a triumphal progress.
By around 11pm in the bars surrounding the Palace hotel yesterday, some of the old swagger was starting to return.
Alan Hubbard: Simply the best - there is nothing like an argument over the great and the good of sport
There is nothing more likely to spark a verbal punch-up between sports enthusiasts than discussing who is, or was, the best-ever.
The mixed zone outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session during August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was a hostile place. Journalists were barely bothering to hide their disgust at the IOC’s attempts to pin the blame for Russian drugs problems on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the meeting and sports officials were trying their best to evade lingering press corps as they headed towards lunch.