You never know quite what to expect from SPORTEL, the international sports marketing and media industry event that has been holding its 27th convention this week in the idyllic patch of the Côte d’Azur known as Monaco.
Inside the Blogs
Alan Hubbard: Race for chairmanship of British Olympic Association is by no means a foregone conclusion
Clinton v Trump it is not, but 16 days after the gruesome twosome vie for the Presidency of the United States on November 8, election fever will hit a vital corner of British sport in London’s Charlotte Street.
Nick Butler: IOC Evaluation Commissions must do more to foresee problems in Olympic Organising Committees
Inspection and reflection season has begun in International Olympic Committee (IOC) circles; an opportunity to consider the good, the bad and the ugly before applying lessons for the future.
Many say that sport and politics should not mix, but they are more often than not inextricably tied.
Morinari Watanabe sat in a press conference having just been elected as President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) by a landslide and admitted the experience was all a bit new to him.
Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a closed-door summit, to debate the future of the global anti-doping regime. The summit was prompted by revelations of institutionalised doping in the Russian sport system, which ruptured into the public sphere on the eve of the Rio Olympic Games.
If Ed Whitlock can carry on as he is for another 15 years, he will become the fastest 100-year-old marathon runner in history.It's a big if, granted; but given this man's extraordinary late-blooming running career surely not an insuperable if...
So, fishing is angling to become an Olympic sport. Join the queue.
David Owen: The bike rider, the hack, the Nobel laureate - and making the future of the Youth Olympic Games more secure
One of my more esoteric claims to fame is that I once introduced the now co-holder of the title Britain’s most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, to the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, President Juan Manuel Santos.
Nick Butler: Rome and Tokyo shows how retaining support of Governments remains a huge challenge for IOC
After a brief and no doubt much-needed break post-Rio 2016, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has been back working on his air miles and making the most of his diplomatic passport - which German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung have reported that he has been using since 1994 - over the last few weeks.
Michael Pavitt: International Federations need to offer clear reasoning to fans over hosts and major changes to Championships
When Yorkshire was awarded the 2019 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships earlier this week, the general response on social media was to express relief that there will likely be thousands of spectators by the roadside throughout the week long event.
Liam Morgan: Weddings, chopsticks and police escorts - Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission visit does not disappoint
Picture inadvertently crashing a wedding, being mercilessly mocked for an inability to use chopsticks and enduring a lengthy delay to allow the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials to receive the VIP treatment in the city of Zhangjiakou and you have a pretty accurate summation of my recent visit to China for the first Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission inspection.
I caught the end of a documentary recently on television in Australia. It’s called Man Up, put together by Gus Worland, a radio personality.
No-one will dispute that Dr C K Wu, the ultra-ambitious but extremely effective overlord of AIBA, aka the International Boxing Association, which governs what used to be amateur boxing, knows the score when it comes to his sport.
This week’s press briefing on the stricken Rome 2024 bid by the President of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) Giovanni Malagò took place in front of a florid mural depicting the towering figure of Mussolini as he bestrode a scene of conflict and ultimate victory.