The serious injury sustained by the former British gymnastic queen Beth Tweddle - she has fractured two vertebrae in her neck - while taking part in the Channel 4 TV reality game show The Jump is a stark reminder of the dangers of launching oneself through space, fingers crossed rather than skis, and praying for a happy landing.
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Two contrasting but deeply controversial incidents have taken place in sport in recent weeks.
The first concerned 19-year-old Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche, a European cyclo-cross champion last year who, after failing to finish the women's under-23 race at the World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, was reportedly found to have had a motor concealed within her bike.
For the Lausanne 2020 team, the New Year starts on a high note.
Liam Morgan: Northern Ireland being awarded Commonwealth Youth Games brings smile to country scarred by atrocities
Judging by the enthusiasm and excitement which was palpable throughout a special event at Belfast City Hall earlier this week, you would have thought Northern Ireland had just been awarded the Olympics rather than the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The sign is strong and the message eloquent. And the sight will be amazing. In April 2016, the Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia in Greece, less than four months before the opening of the Rio de Janeiro Games. It will begin its course in Athens and its outlying districts, then take off for Brazil 12 days later.
There is a pattern to bad publicity before major sporting events. A year or so out the previously optimistic tone will dip amid stories of construction delays, dissatisfaction over ticket distribution, budgets running out of control, rumours of contract corruption and misdemeanours in the awarding of the event to the hosts.
David Owen: Infantino’s general secretary and why football fans should be fed up with the Confederations’ hold on FIFA
Even the slickest, best choreographed media events – and I have attended few slicker than this week’s descent on Wembley by FIFA Presidential candidate Gianni Infantino and his footballing legends – have revealing moments.
The news that Frank Bruno, Britain’s most beloved boxing figure, wanted to make a comeback at 54 was not the best news the sport could have had at a time when it is riding higher in public esteem than for many years.
Last night’s International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Aquatics Gala took place in the iconic Vigadó Concert Hall here in Budapest. Built in 1859 on the eastern bank of the Danube, the grand old building - the city's second-largest concert venue - required 36 years of renovation following the destruction of World War Two, but is now fully restored and filled once again with elegant arches and beautiful paintings.
What a fascinating insight into FIFA we had last week.
If Gianni Infantino is successful with his bid to replace disgraced compatriot Sepp Blatter as the President of FIFA, he may look back at these last couple of weeks as one of the main reasons.
The visit to Morgedal this weekend is a significant staging post in the journey of Lillehammer’s Flame for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). It was here in the early 19th century that Sondre Norheim, considered the father of modern skiing, grew up in a tiny cottage at Overbo overlooking the valley.
With Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur currently viewing their options as they plan major home improvements, the subject of ground-sharing has returned as a talking point.
"Oh shut up, silly woman," said the reptile with a grin
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in"’
From The Snake by Al Wilson
The English Football Association have just appointed Baroness Sue Campbell as their new head of women’s football. Now I have a lot of time for Sue, who has been one of the most formidable, influential and successful females in British sport.