My dream as a kid was like many young boys: I wanted to be a sportsman. It didn't really matter which sport. Maybe the opening batsman in an Ashes Ser...
It is in all our interests to find a cure for corruption in sports and in the wider world. If we fail to act as decisively as we need to, we will watch as it spreads, infects and destroys like a deadly virus.
The real question is whether Friday's vote will actually catalyse true reform? Or should fans and spectators steel themselves to simply meet the new boss, same as the old boss? We probably won't have any answer for years - but Friday will set the tone.
My new interest for FIFA made me log in to their website to read their mission statement. I think FIFA needs some help in finding who they are, and what they stand for, so I rewrote their mission statement for them.
Fifa, football's world governing body, will once again be meeting in Zurich this week. Following eight months of drama, intrigue and, at times, outright absurdity, the organisation is hoping both to elect a new president and agree a new package of reforms. Indeed, it's hoping to draw a line under the most tumultuous period in its 112 year history.
Adidas is clearly a brand that cares about its reputation. So much so that it recently cancelled its high-profile sponsorship of international athleti...
The truth is that in tennis, and most other major sports, only a small amount of resource is invested in fighting corruption. They are simply no match for the organised crime gangs, international gambling syndicates, and greedy dishonest officials. Sports governance has become a wild west, but we need more than a lone ranger to combat it.
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by the Swiss authorities for criminal mismanagement and criminal misappropriation of funds...
The crisis that has now engulfed the IAAF shares many of the characteristics of the crisis at Fifa. Again we see allegations that another group of old men of considerable power and standing within their sport, have exploited the lack of independent governance and scrutiny within their organisation, to make money out of cheating.
It's being billed as the biggest chance in years to clean up football's upper echelons and put the sport back on the right path, finally moving away from shady dealings and outright bribery. Unfortunately, the candidates who have come forward are... somewhat less than entirely inspiring.
Here is an amazing football fact: Despite corruption allegations engulfing the sport's governing body nothing ever smelled to its outside auditors.
Now, two generations of consoles on from the PS2 and original Xbox, Konami has decided to play catch up with their release of PES 2016. This iteration offers advanced graphics, more intimate controls coupled with all of the simple pleasures that made PES so successful during the PS2 days.
The 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup lived up to the high expectations. We witnessed nail biting penalty shootouts, new entrants such as Cameroon reaching the quarter finals, and impressive physical feats by female athletes. We also saw something a little more subtle but no less powerful: the world got behind a women's sporting event.
If Platini is football's only hope, then there is not that much hope at all. Having been a member of Fifa's Executive Committee since 2002, Platini is far too closely associated with the organisation's past to shape its future.
Blatter's reform proposals also don't address the need for a body to investigate allegations of corruption that is independent from the Executive Committee and which can publish reports without their approval, so that the truth cannot be suppressed.
After England's storming run to the semi final and ultimate 3rd place finish at the 2015 Women's World Cup, I can't wait to see how they get on at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.Although hang on, it won't be England, it'll be a Team GB side - still, I can't wait, they should be medal contenders...