As the AIBA World Boxing Championships begin in Doha this week one illustrious name is missing. Instead he will be making boxing history in Manchester.
For some strange reason, I didn’t receive much sympathy when I told friends I would be unable to see them this weekend because I had been sent on a last-minute trip to Florida for the beach volleyball World Tour Finals.
It may have been something to do with the chance to see some top level athletes compete in one of the last big tests ahead of next year’s Olympic Games. Or, perhaps, it was something to do with a sport which stirs excitement levels probably more than any other, not to mention the prospect of 30 degree-plus heat as temperatures plummet back in Britain…
We’ve seen enough over the last 17 days to suggest England’s premature exit from their home Rugby World Cup at the hands of arch-rivals Australia in brutal fashion at Twickenham Stadium won’t be a terminal blow to the overall momentum of the tournament.
Since the 1970s with the introduction of the first reliable drug test and full-scale testing of athletes at the Summer Olympics in Munich, identifying dopers and imposing sanctions has evolved from traditional urine and blood tests to include proactive investigative techniques.
David Owen: A trawl of old documents shows that football bigwigs were concerned about FIFA’s finances in 2002 – but not Sepp Blatter
The football world is agog over a CHF 2 million (£1.3 million/$2.1 million/€1.8 million) payment made by governing body FIFA to Michel Platini, the man who aspires to be its next President, in 2011 – for work completed in 2002.
There’s a most interesting piece circulating on Twitter and Facebook at the moment written by Alasdair Lane, Managing Partner at Lead Out Coaching
Lane, who has worked in professional football for seven years, posits the basic idea that the concept of marginal gains - as championed by British Cycling’s guru of recent years, Dave Brailsford - doesn’t work in football.
It might just be the ultimate golden ticket for the sports shortlisted as potential additions to the programme for Tokyo 2020.
New rules brought in by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 reform process allow each Organising Committee “to make a proposal for the inclusion of one or more additional events on the programme for that edition of the Olympic Games".
Outside of the Pope, the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury, is there a paragon left who might run FIFA?
You can never know with these votes, and it is always rash to make bold predictions. Yet it seemed a fairly safe bet that baseball and softball would be among the sports proposed for Tokyo 2020 Olympic inclusion by Games organisers today.
So far as we could see, karate, rather than squash, was being mooted as another likely choice, while there was always a chance that a youth oriented event would be selected: skateboarding under the guise of roller skating, perhaps.
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Different year, but the same story.
Doing well but could do better seems to be the verdict on Pyeongchang 2018’s preparations as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission concluded their fifth visit to the South Korean county this week.
It took a few moments to register that the source of the burning smell distracting me from a conversation with Hamburg 2024 bid staff was in fact me.
The passing of Yogi Berra, the celebrated New York Yankees Hall of Fame baseball catcher who died on Tuesday (September 22) aged 90, has prompted - in respectful and affectionate memory - widespread coverage of his celebrated non-sequiturs and verbal gaffes.
The list of Yogi’s boo-boos - he was said to have been the inspiration for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yogi Bear, indeed he even prepared a defamation lawsuit against the company, who insisted it was mere coincidence, before seeing the funny side and withdrawing it - is long. And of course one cannot neglect the opportunity to share again some of the choicer offerings.
While there might not have been a shock result on a par with Japan beating South Africa at the Rugby World Cup, it is likely that those who came to watch any of the five days of competition at the Canoe Slalom World Championships would have gone home satisfied having seen an equally dramatic and exciting event.
Gobs have never been quite as smacked as they were when Japan pulled off what Sir Clive Woodward called the greatest single moment in the history of the Rugby World Cup by snatching an historic and enthralling victory over mighty South Africa last weekend.