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.
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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.
If I could give one piece of advice to any professional sportsperson it would simply be this: don’t dare seek a career in the world of sporting governance once your career reaches its end.
In less than two years from now, the host city of the 2024 Olympics will be decided in the Peruvian capital of Lima, but the road has begun in earnest at International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne. All five bidding cities will attend special seminars in the Olympic capital.
This week, in the wake of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report which confirmed and amplified the worst fears about systematic doping and corruption within Russian athletics- and by extension called into question the legitimacy of the overall system in which these abuses were allowed – the voices have been heard of those directly harmed within the field of competition.
Working through the 335 pages of the Independent Commission report into allegations of widespread doping in Russia on Monday night, a familiar feeling assailed me.