The decision from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Russia has caused a headache for International Federations (IFs) across the Olympic Movement and beyond.
On December 7, the following item appeared on United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson's highly active Twitter account. "This great country is the home of football.
Nelson Mandela had it. So did Bill Clinton. Muhammad Ali had it in bucketloads. George Best, Paul Gascoigne and Denis Law also had it, as did boxers Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Ricky Hatton, Naseem Hamed and David Haye. Frank Bruno still has it.
Mike Rowbottom: New Clint Eastwood film revisits Richard Jewell, hero-turned-villain-turned-hero of the Atlanta 1996 bomb explosion
When the bomb went off in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park in the early hours of Saturday morning on July 27, 1996 I was asleep.
The sports awards ceremony season is in full swing as another year draws towards its conclusion.
The velvet glove treatment did not produce the hoped-for conduct change within Russia's sport-doping culture.
Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd made a winning start to the FIFA Club World Cup against Oceania champions Hienghene of New Caledonia this week, but many will feel another a more significant Qatari victory might well be achieved over the next seven days.
What if it had been Beckie Scott providing the athletes’ voice on the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) when it discussed how to punish Russia for manipulating the Moscow Laboratory data, rather than Penny Heyns?
He leaves on a high note. Proceedings in Lausanne on Monday, under the full glare of the global media spotlight, on the whole displayed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at its best.
Being hospitalised last week, I missed Sky's the pay-per view telecast of the event in Saudi Arabia in which Anthony Joshua regained his various world heavyweight tille belts.
Raymond Van Barneveld has not won a big televised individual darts title for five years.
Brian Oliver: Absence makes weightlifting grow stronger as dopers push new names towards Tokyo 2020 podium
There has been a lot of angry talk recently from "clean" weightlifters who feel they were cheated out of a fair chance during decades of doping by other countries.
Nancy Gillen: Ronaldinho the star attraction at World Teqball Championships as he helps the sport grow
Ronaldinho is far from Brazil here in Budapest, with the Hungarian capital's snow-topped gothic buildings a stark contrast to the tropical warmth of the footballer's home country.
In its first fortnight, Frozen 2 has grossed over $742 million (£565,000/€670,000) in worldwide ticket sales and seems set to break all cinematic records for an animated film.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is hardly one to talk about conflicts of interest.