Eighty years ago, they celebrated the 150th anniversary of arrival of settlers to establish modern day Australia. As part of the festivities, Sydney became the first Australian city to host the Commonwealth Games.
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Women's weightlifting: a long journey from naked weigh-ins to hijab-wearing heroine who inspired Iran
On the first weekend of February, women and girls will compete in an official weightlifting competition in Iran for the first time, bringing down one of the remaining barriers to global gender equality in a sport that had the words "for men only" in its rule book for nearly 90 years.
Olympic Movement hoping fervently for a positive Peace House meeting over North Korea's Pyeongchang 2018 participation
If one believed in spirits, it would be tempting to imagine that of Baron Pierre De Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics, hovering approvingly over the proposed meeting between representatives of North and South Korea in the demilitarised zone that lies between them.
Towards the end of this month’s broadcast of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Michael Johnson introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented this year to Britain’s retired former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. In the course of his short address to the camera the former US sprinter - who finished his athletics career with four Olympic and eight world golds - spoke of how top performers had to accept and then deal with the pressure of expectation.
So Birmingham - a belatedly willing and patently capable bidder to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games - has finally had its wish. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has finally crossed all its T's, dotted all its I's and confirmed this English bidder as the official replacement for the original planned host, Durban.
Old rowers will not have been at all surprised by Russian dismay and anger at the prospect of the country's athletes being obliged to compete under a neutral flag at Pyeongchang 2018.
Third time lucky, they say. Try telling that to squash. Three consecutive times this global sport has sought entry to the Olympic Games; three times it has been turned away.
Jan Dijkema is already more than halfway through his two-year term as President of the International Skating Union, and awaiting an imminent European Commission ruling on a test case involving two speed skaters that could have critical consequences for the shape of the continent’s future sport.
The American teenager Clarence ‘CJ’ Cummings is expected, on Friday (December 1), to go where no American male has been in 20 years – on to the podium at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships.
One way or another, Russian sport is set to dominate the headlines over the next few months.
At one point in his tour of Paris last week, Andrew Parsons, recently elected President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), was photographed in front of a prop from Luc Besson’s classic 1996 science fiction film The Fifth Element, which is set in 23rd Century New York.
Weightlifters who became London 2012 Olympic champions between five and 11 months ago when dopers were officially disqualified have not received their gold medals, nor have they been given any indication of when they will get them.
Alpine skiing, which is getting its World Cup season underway at the Austrian resort of Soelden this weekend, is heading towards the quadrennial showcase of an Olympic Winter Games - on parallel lines.
As the Sochi Winter Olympics ended at the Fisht Stadium in 2014, the three mascots gazed wistfully as the flame flickered and died.
A Sunday in Paris, last month. All morning, and for most of the afternoon, members of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee have sat ten floors up in the Pullman Tour Eiffel Hotel with the iconic French construction looming huge in their picture-window.