On May 31, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were entering the final stages of their week-long bed-in for peace at a Montreal hotel. The Vietnam war was raging on. The Apollo 10 astronauts had recently splashed down in the Pacific having successfully completed the mission that would pave the way for the “one small step for man” moon landing on July 20.
Fifty years ago this week, Avery Brundage, then President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sat down and composed a long letter to his colleagues on the IOC Executive Board.
In the last few months, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been courting potential 2026 Winter Games host cities like never before, but there was a time when no less a figure than the IOC President would cheerfully have abolished the event altogether.
Eighty years after it was released, Olympia, the epic film of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, remains one of the greatest sports films of all time.
One way or another, Russian sport is set to dominate the headlines over the next few months.
Back in 1968, when a callow 22-year-old named Donald J Trump was busy building a business empire and not walls, two American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, stood on the podium at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) official rubber-stamp thudded very...officially...at its 131st Session in Lima yesterday evening to confirm that Paris will indeed host the 2024 Games and the 2028 Games will go to Los Angeles.
Whither – or should that be “Wither”? – the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?
You might easily have missed it, but 2017 will bring the 50th anniversary of the birth of SportAccord - or the Global Association of International Sports Federations, as we may soon have to get used to calling it.
When the Paralympic Games close a week from now in Rio, the Japanese flag will be raised and all eyes will look towards Tokyo. They were doing the same exactly 80 years ago when the Berlin Olympics of 1936 came to an end.
Sixty years ago, the city of Melbourne was making ready for the Olympics. It was the first time they had been staged in the Southern Hemisphere, but this sporting gathering did not include equestrian events.
Tonight I was lucky enough to be invited to the European première of Race, the new film about Jesse Owens and his quest for greatness at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
The European Games have been over 50 years in the making and join the Pan American, Asian and African Games in a worldwide network. Each of these were a long time coming and all had their fair share of growing pains.
A fortnight before the first European Games in Baku, a popular event which has become an institution in Europe will be held for the 60th time.
Back in 1955 at a meeting in Monaco, representatives of national television stations on the continent decided to start launch a Eurovision Song Contest. That year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a contest of its own to find the definitive Olympic music and a man from Monaco, Prince Pierre, was its most enthusiastic supporter.
Despite the best efforts of some distinguished music makers, finding a universal Olympic hymn in the preceding quarter century had proved impossible.