It was 4.30am when the phone rang in my room at the media village in Seoul on September 27, 1988. "Get your backside down to the press centre, there’s a massive story breaking," urged my good friend John Goodbody, of The Times. "Ben Johnson’s been done for doping!”
A special ceremony has been held in Seoul to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games.
To walk through the entrance to Seoul’s Olympic Stadium complex today is to be taken back 30 years in time.
Sergey Litvinov, winner of the Olympic gold medal in the hammer throw at Seoul 1988 when representing the Soviet Union, has died at the age of the 60, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) hav announced.
And lo, suddenly the insidethegames newsfeed was full of stuff about the two Koreas.
Bulgarian weightlifter Angel Genchev was winner of the Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division at Seoul 1988 before he tested positive for a banned diuretic and stripped of the title, In 1992 he was sent to prison for two years after being convicted of rape. But he was released early so he could represent his country at the World Championships in 1994, where he won a bronze medal. He was sent to prison again in 2001 after he shot at a taxi driver.
During the Italian rowing team's celebration after winning the quadruple sculls at Seoul 1988, David Tizzano was thrown into the water and lost his Olympic gold medal on the muddy bottom of the Han River. A South Korean diver, working as a security guard at the regatta course, retrieved it after a 50-minute search. Eight years later, in Atlanta, Tizzano won a second gold medal in the double scull.
A controversial advert for a sports betting company featuring disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson, which made light of the Jamaican-born Canadian's drug use, has been banned in Australia.
Ivan Abadzhiev, a legendary former weightlifter turned coach from Bulgaria, has died at the age of 85.
When table tennis made its debut in the Olympics at Seoul in 1988 the men's competition was notable for the fact that none of the top five seeded players made it to the semi-finals. Among those defeated in the quarter-finals was two-time world champion Jiang Jialiang, one of China's biggest sports stars at the time, who was defeated in four games by tenth-ranked Erik Lindh from Sweden. The shock defeats for the top players meant that the final was an all-South Korean affair between Yoo Nam-Kyu and Kim Ki-Taik. Yoo triumphed in four games. Lindh, meanwhile, won the bronze medal. Yoo also won a bronze medal at Seoul 1988 in the men's doubles. Four years later he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles together with Kim and at Atlanta 1996 he claimed another bronze medal in the men's doubles, this time together with Lee Chul-seung.
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.
Russian Wrestling Federation (RWF) first vice-president Adlan Varayev has been found dead in a Chechen village, it has been has reported.
Antigua Sailing Week Organising Committee chair Kathy Lammers has been elected President of the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) at the organisation’s Annual Conference in St Martin.
Former Canadian Paralympic Committee President appointed Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Former Canadian Paralympic Committee President (CPC) Carla Qualtrough has been appointed Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities following Justin Trudeau’s election as the country’s new Prime Minister.
Pyeongchang 2018 President Cho Yang-ho believes the next edition of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will create "once-in-a-lifetime memories" for all involved.