So here’s the problem with gymnastics. Unlike athletics and swimming, the other big beasts of the Olympics, it requires judging; and getting judgements to match performances is the abiding challenge for a sport that has been part of the modern Games since the inaugural running at Athens in 1896.
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UCI vice president Gaudry champions expanding women’s cycling WorldTour on eve of Doha World Road Championships
Male and female cyclists will have equal shares in two things at least at the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Road Championships that get underway today in the Qatari capital of Doha - pulverising heat and, for the first time, prize money.
Birmingham’s decision to join Liverpool in planning to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games has further energised preparations for the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) General Assembly in Edmonton, which CGF chief executive David Grevemberg describes as “unlike any before".
The more things change the more they stay the same: the history of the European Football Championships
New UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has been revealing more about what the next European Championships in 2020 will actually look like. "It will be a true celebration of the game we all love and cherish," he said.
Anniversary of boxing’s Battle of Seoul highlights the continuing struggle to rid the Olympics of controversy in the ring
Next Thursday on September 22 marks the 28th anniversary of what many believe, for all the controversies of Rio 2016, was the lowest point for boxing at the Olympics - the moment when a referee was attacked by home officials at the 1988 Games in Seoul after a decision had gone against a South Korean bantamweight, Byun Jong-il, who subsequently delayed the competition for more than an hour by occupying the ring.
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.
The gymnastics career of Vera Caslavska, the seven-time Olympic champion who died this week aged 74, will live on in history. But above and beyond her sporting achievement is the memory of how she effectively ended that career at the 1968 Mexico Games with a podium protest against the Soviet Union, whose forces had invaded her homeland of Czechoslovakia two months earlier.
The Rio Olympics were Games of a different character - but it's too early to say if the IOC's choice of host was correct
By turns magical and frustrating in both preparation and execution, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are now in the record books. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach chose his words very carefully to describe them.
Sebastian Coe accomplished many things as an athlete, but his defining moment came at the 1980 Moscow Games when his expected victory in the 800m turned into one of the worst experiences of his sporting life; he responded by winning the 1500m that was supposed to have been property of Steve Ovett.
When the French director Marcel Camus took the classic Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice to a Brazilian favela in the late 1950s, he created a film that would not only beguile Barack Obama and his mother, but would make a little bit of Olympic history.
Babashoff and Co vindicated and celebrated through The Last Gold as Ford reflects on unique Olympic swim win over East German dopers
As the Rio 2016 swimming programme got underway this weekend, the ripples were still spreading from the August 1 premiere airing at the Los Angeles Film Festival of The Last Gold.
This is a documentary on the victory earned by the United States women’s 4x100 metre freestyle team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, against the East German athletes who otherwise swept the board at those Games through what we now know were illegal means.
The Refugee Olympic Team - ten individuals with grief and courage in common, ready to make Games history in Rio
The 2016 Rio Games are already unique. No other Games in modern history has had its build-up vexed by such a bewildering mass of political frictions, economic shocks and doping controversies. But as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad shift into delivery mode with Friday’s Opening Ceremony, there is the guarantee of something beautiful being presented to the watching world.
Even 80 years on, the Berlin Games of 1936 remain the most controversial and most talked about in the history of the modern Olympic movement.
Forty years ago modern pentathlon made headlines as never before after a scandal which rocked the entire Olympic world.
Olympic future for golf looks bleak as withdrawals continue but IGF confident Rio 2016 can change negative perception
The International Golf Federation (IGF) and its President Peter Dawson should, in the words of the famous Kool and the Gang hit from 1980, be celebrating good times as the sport prepares to make its Olympic return after a 112-year hiatus from the programme.