Athlete representation has been the focus of the past couple of weeks in sports governance circles, with several different events featuring panellists musing over the topic.
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James Diamond: Transformation or revolution? The changing state of the Commonwealth Games Federation
It is a sad indictment of the state of global sports governance that everywhere you look, a bad news story seems to rear its ugly head.
The latest International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Forum held in Lausanne this past week was claimed to be the biggest ever with some 350 participants drawn from across the world of sport.
"You wouldn’t turn up to an Olympic final without training. So why would it be different for what you do after?"
On Monday, along with millions of others, I watched, horrified and helpless, as the great cathedral of Notre-Dame, the second or third-most iconic structure in the city that will host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, burnt.
It is almost a decade and half since Amir Khan won the British nation’s hearts and the Olympic lightweight silver medal in Athens as a bright-eyed 17-year-old who was Britain's lone ring representative, losing only in the final to the Cuban maestro Mario Kindelan, then the world’s finest amateur.
When an athlete takes a shortcut to high performance by doping, there are many victims. Fans, families, friends and coaches all suffer, but none more so than the clean athletes who are cheated along the way. We are the ones who are most affected.
Nancy Gillen: Peace is more precious than triumph – taekwondo’s role in South and North Korean détente
Having spent several days with World Taekwondo (WT) and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) as they held a series of joint demonstrations in Lausanne and Geneva, I heard the phrase “peace is more precious than triumph” several times.
Seventy years ago, the Olympic Movement was faced with the reintegration of a nation excluded from the world sporting community.
Athletes from the Olympic Movement have come a long way in having their voices heard. Just last year, 4,292 athletes, from 190 countries and more than 120 sports disciplines, shaped the Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration.
Mike Rowbottom: Hark! IPC President Parsons deploys his diplomatic arts ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
Earlier this week I spoke to Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, in an interview to mark 500 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics get under way.
There is no doubt that April is my favourite sporting month.
Sport has come a long way since dusk settled over the Estadio Olimpico in in Mexico City 51 years ago next October when Afro-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood, heads bowed, on the rostrum, each raising a black-gloved hand in silent protest at continuing racial discrimination in their homeland. Or has it?
Liam Morgan: Recent incidents relight debate over line which separates going against the spirit of sport and breaking the rules
Australian Nick Kyrgios and Indian Ravichandran Ashwin might play different sports but recent incidents involving the pair have provoked a similar reaction.
In exactly two months, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will kick off at Parc des Princes when France play South Korea.