I didn't quite know what to expect from the 11th edition of the Peace and Sport Forum, this year held on the Greek island of Rhodes rather than in its usual home of Monaco.
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It is not without a certain irony that Africa will become the last of the five continents to stage a sporting event under the Olympic banner.
I do love autumn. The air freshens. The leaves turn, and drop, reminding us of life’s cyclical nature. Although this task is also served by the world of sport…
I make no apology for adding to the torrent of words devoted to Swiss International Olympic Committee (IOC) member - and much, much more - Patrick Baumann since his unexpected death in Argentina a few days ago.
This weekend Billy Joe Saunders was due to be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight belt in Boston against American Demetrius Andrade.
My column this week was initially going to take a rather different direction.
The Youth Olympic Games has been viewed as much as a "sports lab" as an elite level competition for upcoming young athletes.
It is sad to admit, but if I have learnt one thing from my first four months at insidethegames, it is that money and politics are ruining the Olympics.
Sport climbing is part of the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires as a prelude to its appearance on the 2020 Olympic programme in Tokyo. But it will not be the first time that Olympic medals have been awarded for climbing.
Mike Rowbottom: Sporting history repeats itself as farce as Thomas' Tour de France trophy goes missing
Regrettably. Momentarily. Obviously. I think we pretty much know the story from these key words, don't we?
David Owen: On Sochi 2014's profit, the weaponising of numbers and how the IOC just might have brushed up its sales pitch to cities in the nick of time
Here's the thing: the now notorious Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games made a profit of $53 million (£34 million/€47 million) at then ruble exchange rates.
Amateur boxing - at least, that is what it used to be called when the combatants wore headguards and vests - is in a right old pugilistic pickle over the Olympics.
Throughout the past few months, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has been calling the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) bluff.
Michael Pavitt: Olympism in Action Forum can only be a success if IOC leadership listen rather than dismiss views expressed
"We want to listen to society and to understand how the world sees us, rather than us telling the world how they should see us," – IOC President Thomas Bach in a press release previewing the Olympism in Action Forum.
You would be forgiven for walking into the Pala Alpitour in Turin last weekend and mistaking it for a nightclub rather than the venue of the semi-finals and final of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Championships.