"Funny old game!" Such was the favourite aphorism of goalscoring genius Jimmy Greaves, deservedly, if belatedly, awarded an MBE at almost 81 in the New Year Honours.
A week is a long time in a pandemic.
Thirty three years ago today, in times when the main concern at the Australian Open tennis was who would win rather than who would start, the men’s final was won by Mats Wilander, who thus made history.
You would be forgiven for feeling an overwhelming sense of déjà vu right now.
I work in the sport integrity industry. I say industry because, as sport has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry itself, this has urged the need to maintain a sense of fairness and protect sport’s integrity. One of the reasons I work in this industry is because I love sport. Sport brings people together, transcending social, cultural, religious and language boundaries. It teaches young people to exercise and use their body, to train and compete, to win and lose, to be determined and focused, to cooperate with other people, to set goals and work hard to reach them and many other valuable virtues. In many ways, it can be argued that sport is one of the best avenues to bring up young people and teach them skills and values that are ever-more-important in broader society.
More than six weeks ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a series of "provisional measures" against Belarus.
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The decision to strip Belarus of host status for this May’s Men's World Ice Hockey Championship comes almost 50 years to the day after the first Hockey World Cup on grass was postponed because of fears that the competition would take place in "an atmosphere of violence".
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A couple of years after the emergence of his 2006 autobiography, Premier League footballer Ashley Cole warned players about the potential drawbacks of writing their life stories.
UEFA are among the major event organisers faced with a difficult decision in the coming months, with European football’s governing body having to decide how it can stage the European Championships during a pandemic.
Debate has raged this week over the failure from footballers to adhere to the Premier League’s COVID-19 guidelines.
If you are the President of an International Federation (IF), it is a not a good look to have a photo with the person your own organisation is investigating for alleged murder.
In the sport's corridors of power, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wields tremendous influence.
A year ago, almost to the day, I was sitting in my Lausanne hotel-room writing up an interview I had just done with an Alibaba executive called Chris Tung.
By the stretch of anyone’s imagination, Donald Trump, soon to be the ex-President of the United States, could not be called a good sport. His hysterical reaction to being kicked into touch by Democrat Joe Biden is a sure indication that he has patented the art of being a sore loser.