Vijender Singh and a GB women’s football team may be as far apart as Bhiwani Junction and Clapham Junction but they have one thing in common. Neither are on track for at the Olympic Games in Rio next year, albeit for very different reasons.
Breaking through and excelling as an athlete is a path strewn with potholes and obstacles, but the greatest challenge in professional sport is, as ever, simply managing to get over the finishing line and winning.
Michael Pavitt: Beach Volleyball World Championships is a massive party with top-class sport thrown in as a bonus
It was a party fit for a king as the Beach Volleyball World Championships came to a close with the completion of the men’s competition won by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt.
Everywhere you went in the build-up to the glittering Pacific Games Opening Ceremony here, the mention of the visit of British Royal Prince Andrew was never far away.
David Owen: Izu is or Izu ain't? Cycling the last hold-out as revised Tokyo 2020 venue plan nears completion
I am sitting on a peeling brown painted bench in Ryonan Park, 43 kilometres west of central Tokyo, eating a rice-ball wrapped in seaweed in a very fine drizzle.
Mike Rowbottom: Archery’s target audience growing thanks to Denmark Maja Jager and Brazil's "new Neymar"….
In just over three weeks time, the best archers on the globe will converge on Copenhagen for the 48th edition of the World Archery Championships, which offer the first opportunity for direct qualification to next year’s Rio Olympics.
On one of the final days of the Baku 2015 European Games a tweet caught my eye that Team Sky boss Sir David Brailsford was set to announce their team for the 2015 Tour de France live on Sky television that morning.
I have absolutely no idea if Mo Farah is, or ever has been, on performance-enhancing drugs or whether his American coach Alberto Salazar has been systematically feeding them to his athletes.
When John Newman belted out the final lines of Love Me Again as athletes waltzed and danced on the centre stage last night, it brought to an end an inaugural European Games that have divided opinion and provoked praise and criticism in equal measure.
Mike Rowbottom: The question snagging Baku 2015’s rich tapestry of a Closing Ceremony - how do you follow that?
Somehow, having arrived just after the European Games had got underway, I managed never quite to find the time to visit the ancient treasure I have only glimpsed through the windows of passing cars or buses – Baku’s Maiden Tower.
Barcelona has been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the event which launched Juan Antonio Samaranch on the road to the very top of Olympic sport.
Samaranch had a leading role in organising the 1955 Mediterranean Games, the first great international sporting event to be held in the Montjuich Stadium.
David Owen: Why Mike Lee would have found it difficult to work for Paris and other lessons from the epic 2012 Olympic campaign
The emergence of Vero chairman Mike Lee as an adviser of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid makes his book, The Race for the 2012 Olympics, a required text for the new contest.
Adrian Corcoran, head of venue technology at the Baku 2015 European Games, saw a nice cartoon the other day. It was a variation on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which expresses human requirements in the form of a triangle, with the most imperative at the base - breathing, food, water, shelter - rising to more esoteric desiderata such as love/belonging, esteem and self-actualisation.
I still vividly remember the moment I was offered a job at insidethegames when managing director Sarah Bowron called me from a place then unbeknown to me; Baku.
Could a celebrated sporting figure with the initials S.C. become the next Mayor of London?