There is nothing like a football double-header featuring Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Tibet and Karpatalya, or Carpathian Ruthenia as it is also known, to make you ponder the arbitrariness of statehood.
Inside the Blogs
Honestly, I am just joking (well, maybe only half joking) when suggesting that the main threat to England's slim hopes in the FIFA World Cup will not come from any of their on-field opponents but the Kremlin's dirty tricks department.
Jimmy Connors, in his predictably chippy, feisty, unputdownable and aptly entitled 2013 autobiography The Outsider, describes tennis as "boxing at 90 feet".
"Before the game, when you are saying something stupid, I said, 'Maybe if we win we might get into the Olympics'. Now you are sitting here,"
So, by the width of a goalpost, Morocco will be on the ballot paper when the FIFA membership votes for their preferred host of the 2026 World Cup.
The idea came before the First World War, but it was not until 1951 that the first Games for the entire continent of Asia were held in Delhi.
As he mulls over his job offers this summer, Arsene Wenger will be able at least to reflect upon, okay, not a Champions League win, but something perfect. 2003-2004.
Reading this website's excellent coverage of Max Hartung's thinking on payments to Olympic athletes has prompted me to reflect properly on another remuneration-related issue that occurs to me whenever I attend a Games: ought Olympic volunteers to be paid?
A recent headline in the Sunday Times informed us: "Rugby has soared to the top of the doping charts".
Fencers, it seems, are all the rage in sports politics these days.
Looking around at the spectators yesterday at the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) competition being held in London's Olympic Park, I was clearly not the only middle-aged dad to have dragged along a child.
Liam Morgan: Chris Froome and how suspicion continues to be prevailing response to sporting greatness
The level of suspicion which accompanies magnificent sporting feats these days was there for all to see after Chris Froome’s performance during a dramatic 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Forty years ago this week, the World Cup finals began in Argentina.
One of the most exciting things about watching Italian track and field athletes is the excitement they generate among their own supporters.
Now here's a thing: for all the, er, developments of the past couple of years, Russia's pursuit of soft power through sport still appears to be going swimmingly.