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.
More years ago then I care to remember I was working as a young sub-editor on a British broadsheet newspaper when an agency reported that a spectator had been shot and wounded, thankfully not fatally, during a competition at Bisley, the famous UK shooting venue.
Mike Rowbottom: New arguments for an ancient event - discus makes a throw for IAAF Diamond League survival
Many-tongued rumour passes through the city, and it speaks, not of Dido on this occasion, but the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League.
Thomas Bach’s comments on the Alberto Salazar case were unsurprisingly the leading item from his press conference last week after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne.
There was something wonderful about seeing history graduate Dina Asher-Smith make her own kind of history at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships this week, with the 23-year-old powering down the home straight of the women’s 200 metres final to become the first British woman to earn a world sprint title.
The recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 will be announced in Oslo next week.
Back in January of last year, a letter written by veteran Irish hockey official David Balbirnie landed on the desk of Narinder Batra.
I got back this week from a punchy and entertaining Corfu Literary Festival to find the sports world once again preoccupied by the issues of empty seats and excessive heat.
He may sound like a French pop singer, but there is only one hit parade that Daniel Dubois aims to top - the heavyweight championship of the world.