Two years ago Kamloops, in Canada, staged the Four Nations Cup, which served as a warm-up event for the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships it is about to host. After the home country had earned a 3-2 shoot-out win over the United States, such was the level of general enthusiasm that young female fans were still outside the arena playing street hockey at midnight.
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As the London 1908 Olympics began, Bishop Ethelbert Talbot of Pennsylvania gave a sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral. He suggested that the struggle was more important than the prize. In the congregation that day was International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Very impressed by what he heard, Coubertin adapted the words to form the Olympic creed.
If the 2024 Games eventually come to the United States the Olympic flame will be making its way to California, rather than Oregon. But the latter state is about to revive its own honoured sporting flame - two decades after it died down to embers - as it prepares to host the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Indoor Championships.
To what sporting occasion does this four-city sequence relate? Paris, Gothenburg, Prague, London.
This week in London, the world’s top track cyclists will be hoping to land a double blow to their rivals at the Lee Valley Velopark. A total of 19 titles are due to be decided at the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) annual Track World Cycling Championships across the duration of the five-day event.
After 18-years at the helm, FIFA’s eighth President is set to leave the football body facing its worst-ever crisis. Had he stepped down earlier, however, Sepp Blatter’s political epitaph would have been very different.
After the darkest year in the 112-year history of FIFA, acting President Issa Hayatou will soon announce the name of only the ninth full time leader of football’s world governing body.
Lyn Orbell has been a volunteer at Birchfield Harriers athletics club for more than 40 years. She’s worked as a team manager, a coach, an administrator, a tea-maker, a sweeper-upper…you name it. And right now she is feeling very excited about the prospect of watching World Championship athletics in the Olympic Stadium next summer – a prospect that has been made virtually certain by the recent ticketing announcement made by the organisers of London 2017. She is bang in the centre of their target…
Less than a decade ago, the Youth Olympic Games did not even exist, but some 1,100 sporting youngsters will descend on the Norwegian town of Lillehammer for the second edition of the Winter event, due to take place from February 12 to 21.
As International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre jokingly said during his speech to guests at the recent Hockey Writers' Club lunch at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London, the Spanish are no strangers to revolution.
A hundred years ago the Olympics were scheduled for Berlin, but they never took place because of war. The 1916 Games were the first to be cancelled in the modern era.
The New Year promises no lessening of the turmoil and controversy within which football’s international governing body, FIFA, is currently embroiled. And while the game continues to purge itself of the corruption which appears to have reached so many of its loftiest branches, its roots – namely, the Laws of The Game – are also subject to imminent, sweeping change.
The great Jesse Owens embodied the Olympic ideal with his deeds at the stadium but long after his sporting career was over, he spoke in unforgettable fashion at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In the forty years since then, few have come closer to encapsulating the Olympic spirit.
This year’s Female Age Group British Triathlete of the Year, 70-year-old Georgina Jennings, is a testament to triathlon’s power to attract and retain competitors.
Casey Wasserman taking inspiration from his late grandfather in bid to bring 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles
The old English proverb "like father, like son" could do with a couple of minor additions for the purpose of this article.