For all the splendour of the setting at the beachside Casino Municipal in Biarritz, day two of the International Federation of Fitness and Bodybuilding (FBB) World Fitness Championships had been a long one.
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The Bahamas - and the Olympic Movement - honour the late Sir Durward Knowles, centenarian and Olympian extraordinaire
On Monday (March 5) this week an Olympic flag, together with a letter from the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, was presented to Lady Holly Knowles at the Ebenezer Methodist Church in Nassau to honour her husband.
India attracting attention as SportelAsia approaches with “gold rush feeling” over China on the wane
The latest edition of SportelAsia, the international sports media and marketing event, is interestingly-timed.
The Who, Oasis, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys, Tina Turner and, of course, Black Sabbath are among the acts who have played at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, re-branded four years ago as Arena Birmingham.
From whiff whaff and Gossima beginnings, table tennis continues to be a smash hit as sport prepares to come home
Post London 2012, the Copper Box Arena - which hosted handball, modern pentathlon and goalball during those glorious Olympic and Paralympic Games - has been used for a variety of other sports, including basketball, badminton, netball and wheelchair rugby.
Think of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and there is a good chance that the first two images coming to mind will be the Jamaican bobsleigh team rumbling down the track and Britain’s Eddie "The Eagle"Edwards taking off from the ski jump ramp.
Jean-Claude Killy revisited Olympic history a couple of weeks ago. It was located on the slopes of Chamrousse, which hosted the men’s Alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics. Of which the impossibly dashing Frenchman won three. All three.
The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Torch has continued its journey across South Korea this month in the build-up to next month's Winter Games, carried by the usual variety of citizens, including, where possible, celebrities.
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.
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.