Politics has been intermingled with sport in every one of the modern Olympics. That mixture was at its most violent and shocking at the 1972 Munich Games, when the Palestinian Black September group took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage, seeking a release of prisoners, and ended up killing them along with a West German police officer.
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Thomas Bach has been forced to deal with several considerable challenges during his tenure as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Olympic flame reaches a low point in its history today - but only in the literal sense.
It was 4.30am when the phone rang in my room at the media village in Seoul on September 27, 1988. "Get your backside down to the press centre, there’s a massive story breaking," urged my good friend John Goodbody, of The Times. "Ben Johnson’s been done for doping!”
On Friday (September 21), David Lappartient will have been International Cycling Union (UCI) President for a year, having succeeded Britain's Brian Cookson.
As the 48th World Rowing Championships get underway in Bulgaria today, one might imagine a small wreath bobbing about on the Plovdiv Rowing Venue course in memory of the late and lamented lightweight men's coxless four (LM4-) event that had its last outing at last year's World Championships at Sarasota-Bradenton in Florida.
Russia was reduced to the status of a provisional, non-voting member of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on December 10 of last year. Yet it remains central to the prospects and fortunes of this beleaguered international sports federation which has, in the space of the last three years, plumbed depths unmatched - as yet - by any other.
The phrase "end of an era" is much overused, particularly in sport. Yet one has little hesitation in applying it to the change at the top that is about to take place in shooting.
The Asian Games have returned to Jakarta this summer and opened yesterday in the very Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium built to hold that event back in 1962.
They would be forever known for the exploits of Dutch runner Fanny Blankers-Koen and a first Olympic gold medal for Czech Emil Zatopek.
Berlin's historic Olympic Stadium is playing its part this week in the staging of the first multi-event European Championships. While Glasgow is hosting aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon until August 12, the athletics is about to take place in the cavernous arena originally built for the 1936 Olympics.
Jörg and Bristow's vision of the new multi-sport European Championships - it's all about advantageous aggregation…
In retrospect it seems obvious. Every four years, you bring together a group of the most popular European sports championships and hold them at the same time, enabling them to create an exponential level of interest and appeal. Boom.
Given Tokyo’s official entry to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid race came nearly seven years ago, this week's two-year countdown to the event feels as though the Japanese capital city is coming off the bend and into the home straight.
When the 2018 World Fencing Championships, which run from July 19 to 27, were awarded to the Chinese hosts in 2015, the decision was applauded by China's Olympic champion Lei Sheng.
Olympic Movement should learn value of promiscuity after Putin lesson during Russian "Decade of Sport"
It began with a speech on 4 July in 2007 in Guatemala and it will end with handshakes, disappointment, joy and presentation of a small gold trophy in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July 2018.