It was perhaps appropriate that Brazil's first Rio 2016 gold medal last summer was won by a woman who had encountered great adversity en-route to Olympic glory.
The Big Read
Forty years ago, cricketers past and present were making their way to Melbourne for a special match to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Test cricket. The match itself was a thrilling spectacle in which Australia beat England by 45 runs, exactly as they had done in the very first such encounter in March 1877.
Budapest are the only one of the three 2024 bidding cities never to have staged an Olympic Games, but a century ago it was all very different. A Hungarian was even at the very forefront of moves to revive the Olympics.
At least one thing is easy right now for Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) – Königssee.
Rowing, and lightweight rowing in particular, faces a crucial point in its history this week as the sport’s governing body, the International Rowing Federation (FISA), votes on restructuring the Olympic boats programme from the Tokyo 2020 Games onwards.
Is athletics about to experience its Twenty20 moment this week? Or will the new-look Nitro Athletics event that will run for three evenings in Melbourne, starting next Saturday and witnessed by interested parties including the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe prove to be no more than a brief starburst of colourful enterprise?
This year's Karate1 Premier League series, which starts in Paris on Friday (January 27), is "crucial" to the sport’s plans to develop itself before its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, according to the World Karate Federation's (WKF) President Antonio Espinós.
As Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, he might just have in mind another Ceremony seven years in the future.
As France prepare to defend men's world handball title on home soil the question is: has new IHF rule tipped the balance against them?
The French men's handball team will start the defence of its world title on home soil this week - but within a relatively unfamiliar sporting landscape altered by big rule changes and the introduction of video technology offering referees unprecedented access and involvement.
The sporting year of 2016 appears, in retrospect, like a dramatic struggle between the forces of light and darkness.
Angela Ruggiero: The American fast becoming a shining light for the Olympic Movement in 2017 and beyond
It is fair to say that 2016 has not been a vintage year for sports administrators. Too old, too stuck in the past and too out of touch with the needs and desires of the modern world are among common gripes. And, for all their powerful rhetoric about youth and innovation shown through gestures like adding skateboarding and surfing to the Tokyo 2020 programme, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have been tarred with the same brush.
In a break between contests at the European Junior Weightlifting Championships in Eilat, a two-year-old boy runs on to the competition platform and plays with the three smallest discs that weigh half a kilo, one kilo and 1.5 kilos, lifting them from the rack and trying to slide them on to a bar.
Although the design of the Tokyo stadium has been revised from the late Zaha Hadid’s original plans, it is still expected to be a magnificent backdrop for the 2020 Olympics. It will be the first time that two entirely different arenas on the same site have both staged the Games.
US President Elect Donald Trump has called International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to "express his strong support" for Los Angeles 2024.
Rugby’s return to the Olympics this summer - after a 92-year absence - ended, figuratively speaking, in an exhilarating run to the try line followed by a touch down between the posts. If any International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were undecided over the sport’s claim to a core place in the Games, the drama and excitement of the sevens game appears to have converted them.