Literary wits and wags have long been a part of the big-time boxing scene, from George Bernard Shaw through to Damon Runyon, Norman Mailer and Budd Schulberg.
Many things are still unclear about the Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) programme that is making its international debut here within the 2nd European Games.
This was a bid race won in the shadows.
Welcome to the last day of the "Big Bid" era for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major sports events.
Nancy Gillen: Esports makes its latest appearance at the Minsk 2019 European Games but fails to gain attention
Tucked away at the back of the Arena City shopping centre here is the Dinamo Minsk Fan House, a social space normally reserved for supporters of the Belarusian capital’s ice hockey team.
Philip Barker: Not all about gold, silver and bronze – the many awards of the International Olympic Committee
The destiny of the 2026 Winter Olympics will claim the spotlight in Lausanne this week but behind the scenes, other Olympic awards will also be decided.
Despite the efforts of some of my more sexist pals to persuade me otherwise, I have a hunch that at the rate women's sport is quick-marching towards full equality all will be equal between lads and lasses on the playing fields of most of our major sports in the foreseeable future.
David Owen: With elections approaching, what sort of financial performance has the International Tennis Federation served up under Haggerty?
We are entering an interesting period for the politics of tennis, with International Tennis Federation (ITF) President David Haggerty facing three challengers to his bid for a second term.
At Paris Charles De Gaulle airport I look behind me while checking in for the Minsk flight, and suddenly the French team are there, in their dark blue tracksuits and Olympic logo insignia. At departures two groups settle, joking and laughing in between the obligatory scanning of mobiles - boxers, and 3x3 basketball players. You can hear the excitement.
Liam Morgan: IOC membership needs to be strengthened rather than expanded as 10 more prepare to be sworn in
At the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session later this month, a further 10 members will become part of what has been billed as sport's most exclusive club.
In an insidethegames blog earlier this month I presented some arguments for how a sports organisation is fundamentally very different from a commercial business (and from a traditional not-for-profit organisation).
Nancy Gillen: Paris 2024 is heavily focused on engaging the French public – it’s a shame the organisers of the FIFA Women’s World Cup have not made the same effort
During a two-day visit to Marseille from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, the extent to which the Organising Committee is attempting to engage the French population with the Games became evident.
At the Vatican this week, Pope Francis gave his blessing to the Flame bound for the Naples 2019 Universiade.
Mike Rowbottom: Rowing legend Bond, rebuffed by Cycling New Zealand, set for World Cup comeback in the eight
Strictly speaking, the New Zealand men's individual pursuit record set by multiple world and Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond in February would not have earned him a medal at the World Track Cycling Championships that took place at Pruszków in Poland a month later.
David Owen: Given Tokyo 2020’s stellar performance, should it worry us that Paris 2024 may reach the five-years-to-go milestone with only one confirmed sponsor?
On July 2, 2015 in Tokyo, Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, told me that Tokyo 2020 had already hit its ¥150 billion (£1.09 billion/$1.38 billion/€1.2 billion) domestic sponsorship target – more than five years in advance.