I think we can now be clear. After months and months of courageous, assiduous labour by investigators, scientists, lawyers and - lest it be forgotten - journalists, analysis of the evidence enables, as the Schmid Report puts it, "the confirmation of the existence of the Disappearing Positive Methodology as well as a tampering methodology, in particular during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as described in the Final Report by Prof. Richard McLaren".
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Nick Butler: IOC meandered and stuttered but eventually made the right response to Russian doping scandal
They got there in the end.
Can anyone really explain the sea? I mean, yes, of course, it’s tidal - that’s the moon for you. And full of strange life. And plastic. Too much of that, we know.
Brian Oliver: Weightlifting deserves to get thumbs-up from IOC after making sweeping changes – with more to come
There are many within the weightlifting world who believe it will be a matter of life and death when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sits in judgement on their sport in Lausanne this week.
The hope in Russia was that the glittering FIFA World Cup draw ceremony would shine the light back on the tournament and shift attention from the country’s doping scandal to the football itself.
Boxing is a sport where there is often more in-fighting outside the ring than between then ropes. Especially that branch of fisticuffs which used to be known as amateur boxing.
Our eldest cat walks weirdly. Sometimes it looks as if she is struggling to get about. Then, outside, you see something black and white fly up a tree. And it’s no magpie – it’s she.
This is a column about legacy.
Last week, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President, Janez Kocijančič, wondered: "Would you think it was a serious idea if someone proposed to punish all those countries responsible for one of the World Wars?"
Nick Butler: Dick Pound, sports politics, and why Faroe Islands can teach Russia how to play the game
I sometimes wish Richard “Dick” Pound would stop sitting on the fence and refrain from giving his opinion on anything and everything.
The inaugural Ab Initio International exhibition squash championship provided entertainment for two main reasons earlier this week. An excellent format to the team event ultimately led to a thrilling conclusion. A misunderstanding of the scoring then led to the amusing spectacle of both teams believing they had won.
Liam Morgan: Confusion rather than clarity reigns over the Olympic Movement as IOC and FIS clash on Russia
If ever there was an image to highlight the current farcical situation the world of sport finds itself in, Alexander Zubkov being pictured at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup in Whistler yesterday provided it.
This blog precedes by just a few days our statutory assembly in Split.
The recent news that there is now a Barbie doll based on the American fencer who became the first United States woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics is illuminating.
On Thursday – a reassuringly traditional day, given the pace of change in cricket in recent times – the Ashes, the men’s Ashes I suppose I should say, get under way in Brisbane.