When sports fans descend on Tokyo next summer, I expect a fair few will take with them a little book by Haruki Murakami, the internationally renowned Japanese novelist.
Democracy is a dirtied word in the United Kingdom these days. The Greeks may have invented it, but the British have sullied it thanks to the current shenanigans over another word someone must have dreamed up and is now regretting: Brexit.
Mike Rowbottom: Fraccari and WSBC fashion their own locomotive as they seek to stay on Olympic lines
There is much laying on of hands at an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly - especially when International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is around.
I felt the first Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games might be a curious event given the change of hosts from San Diego to Qatar a matter of months before. The sight of children carrying guns during an Opening Ceremony merely confirmed my suspicions.
Nancy Gillen: Ghost match between North and South Korea highlights infeasibility of joint Olympic bid
This week in Pyongyang, North and South Korea played out a 0-0 draw in a qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The International Olympic Committee's approval of a €12 million (£10.3 million/$13.4 million) cash injection into the International Olympic Academy (IOA) for what President Thomas Bach described as "a comprehensive renovation" will come as a welcome boost for the institution as it approaches its 60th birthday.
Tucked away on an industrial estate in Kent is a company desperate to be given the opportunity to showcase its products in a crucial sector of the convoluted world of anti-doping.
Increasingly in sport, most roads that do not lead to the Middle East lead to China and its huge market of 1.3 billion people, a growing proportion of them highly aspirational and middle class.
He stands 6ft 9in and has five children, so Tyson Fury could rightfully claim to be boxing's Big Daddy, had that nom de guerre not already been nabbed by the esteemed late British wrestler Shirley Crabtree.
How will the first man to run a sub two-hour marathon in a normal race feel, I wonder? Will they be glad that Eliud Kipchoge, with a little help from his friends. broke that landmark time? Or will they feel strangely robbed? Will their moment of foot-racing history become, effectively, a footnote?
From a sporting perspective it was good to see Japan’s match against Scotland take place at the Rugby World Cup today.
Powerful images of jubilant women adorned with the colours of the Iranian flag have been shared widely across the internet in the past 48 hours.
At the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships, which came to an end last weekend, a son et lumiere with electronic lights flashing names around the Khalifa International Stadium accompanied the introduction of athletes before competition.
Lost among the spate of bans announced by FIFA in recent weeks was the fact that one of its former, most senior officials was about to return from his own suspension.
Sport's relationship with China is endlessly fascinating. It is 35 years since the world's most populous nation largely undermined the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Olympics by dispatching its top athletes to California and winning 32 medals.