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).
Inside the Blogs
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.
Alan Hubbard: Could Sebastian Coe have been the front runner in race to be Britain’s next Prime Minister?
The race is now under way to become the next leader of Britain’s Conservative Party with a huge field of 10 runners already out of the blocks now that the hapless Theresa May has been shot in the back by the starter’s pistol.
Last week, members of the biggest and best-known International Federation in the Olympic Movement clapped their President into a fresh four-year term.
Brian Oliver: American Cummings on top of the weightlifting world - and Commonwealth Games deserves some of the credit
Anybody who takes a serious interest in weightlifting will be checking the Olympic ranking lists when results from the second and third competitions in phase two are added into the mix.
Nancy Gillen: Naples 2019 catches up on preparations as Torch Relay begins countdown to Summer Universiade
During the Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade in March, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) issued a polite warning to the organisers of the summer edition in Naples.
Greece has a special place in the Olympic Movement.
It’s funny. I could have sworn Gianmarco Tamberi won the men’s high jump competition at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome.
David Owen: Women's sport is on the way up – and the FIFA Women's World Cup will play its part in the rise
A good month for women’s sport just got a little better.
Well, was it an accident waiting to happen? The consensus among the fight fraternity was that sooner or later the fallibility of Anthony Joshua’s defence and in particular his jawbone, would be exposed. It is just that no-one expected to happen against a bloke who looked like Humpty Dumpty.
Liam Morgan: Lima 2019 axe again raises doubts about whether IOC were right in rush to add skateboarding to Olympic programme
International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director Kit McConnell has proved he is nothing if not consistent with his views that skateboarding will be a success at Tokyo 2020, despite the trials and tribulations which plagued the path to its inclusion and beyond.
Brian Oliver: Paes' plan to play at Tokyo 2020 shows up tennis doubles for what it is – a meaningless add-on
Last week was a rare one in tennis as three players who made their name in doubles - and are therefore complete unknowns to those who follow the sport only fleetingly - were in the news.