Changing The Rules On Gender Verification In World Sport

Jaimie Fuller | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Sport
Jaimie Fuller

Bravo to Kristen for her 13-year unstinting advocacy for this outcome. It involves complex issues that bring together international and national sports, science, gender and human rights. Congratulations also to her legal team, led by Brenda Cuthbert.

Why It's Important Sport Makes A Stand Against Trump's Muslim Ban

David Alexander | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Sport
David Alexander

Sport gives individuals, communities and nations the opportunity to break down barriers, to forge new relationships and promote the principles of respect, teamwork and fair play that sit at the heart of sport's raison d'être. So is it any wonder that sporting icons have been at the forefront of criticism of Donald Trump?

Rio 2016 May Not Have Been Perfect, But It Was Another Reminder Of How Important Sport Is To Society

David Alexander | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Sport
David Alexander

On a global scale, the Olympic Games allowed the world to witness moments of human achievement rather than tragedy and it's no wonder that businesses large and small are keen to associate themselves with sport and why the benefits go beyond the playing field, the track or the pool.

Contrary to the Headlines, Athletics Is Clean and Rio Will Be Incredible

Ewan Somerville | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...

Royal Ramblings Meets Kurt Angle (Part Three)

Danny Stone | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Kurt Angle is one of the most decorated professional wrestlers of all time. He is the current reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion and thankfully for us, he agreed to sit down and talk at length about his career and more. Parts one and two of our interview trilogy were revealing and this third instalment proved no different.

The End of Winter Olympics

Eirik Bergesen | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Sport
Eirik Bergesen

Norway said no to being the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) trophy wife. Which means the Winter Olympics is left with what is quickly becoming its dictatorship default. Only by learning from the Oslo Olympic process, can the Games be rescued

'Rootin' Tootin' Putin' - Be Careful What You Wish For

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Despite the favorable Russian medal count "Rootin' Tootin' Putin" may have unintentionally forced himself off the medal stand and into a cauldron of controversy. With his desire for a meaningful place in the international spotlight, Putin may have out manoeuvred himself on the domestic front...

An Athlete's Perspective: Human Rights at the Winter Olympics

Jonathan Cook | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Cook

Lost among much of the recent debate over human rights at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Russia's 'anti-gay law', has been the fine line that athletes at Sochi have to tread between the strict restrictions placed upon 'political comment' by the International Olympic Committee, and remaining true to their own moral convictions.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan Stands Up

Martin J Newman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Martin J Newman

Olympics and hyperbole are old bedfellows, yet it's fair to say that this did seem like an exceptional - perhaps historic - moment for Japan, as though this vote could just mark the end of Japan's two 'lost decades', twenty years of economic flatlining in a country growing ever less confident and more insular.

Olympic Rejection Again for Squash as Wrestling Gets the Vote

James Willstrop | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

On Sunday the world of professional squash just about came to a standstill. Never has one decision seemed to matter so much, nor has any one decision threatened to have greater impact. If squash were to secure a place in the Olympic Games the possibilities looked endless, whereas failure may or may not point to stagnation...

Squash for the Olympics: Decision Time

James Willstrop | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

We want the Olympics to be squash's ultimate sporting event. We have a spectacle to offer, which will provide millions more people an opportunity to discover and take part in a fun, sociable and healthy sport. We have left it all out there now. Our cards are on the table. We've little else to give.

Why Stephen Fry Is Wrong to Call for a Boycott of Sochi

David Fearnhead | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

Did we call for Delhi to be stripped of the Commonwealth Games because of the rising number of acid attacks in India? Do we refuse to play Pakistan in cricket because of honour killings? China hosted the Olympics despite having at best a chequered human rights record. The truth is that sporting boycotts and bans do not work.

The Isolation of Sports and Politics

Chris Godfrey | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Sport
Chris Godfrey

While Sochi 2014 is the immediate concern it is simply the latest charade in an ever growing list of erroneous decisions by sporting committees where the human rights record, inherent poverty and endemic discrimination of a nation have been flagrantly ignored.

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Stephen Fry | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen Fry

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world. He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing.

Armstrong Stripped Of Sydney 2000 Bronze Medal

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Sport

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his Sydney 2000 Olympics bronze medal because of his involvement in doping. Armstrong, whose doping confession...

How Will You Be Watching the Rio Olympic Games in 2016?

Mark Hillary | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

I believe it is likely that a majority of fans will be consuming the Rio Olympic coverage on their phones. If you remember how the BBC Olympic app worked, allowing sports fans to select news about their team only or even a particular athlete - now overlay this with the ability to get a live feed from all sports all the time and that is probably what normal will look like in 2016.

The Ties to Human Misery That Taint London 2012

Emanuel Stoakes | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Politics
Emanuel Stoakes

Despite the charm and coruscation of the games as a celebration of international talent (embodied in the epic performances of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farrah and Chris Hoy among so many others), there's a darker side to London 2012.

Can Team GB Eclipse Medal Haul From Beijing 2008?

PA | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Sport

The Great Britain team claimed two more gold medals today putting it on course to make the London 2012 Games the best for more than a century. The ...

Gone To Pot: Judo Fighter Nicholas Delpopolo Expelled For Taking Cannabis

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Sport

Judo fighter Nicholas Delpopolo has tainted the US team image after he tested positive for cannabis. However, he claimed that he'd ingested marijua...

A Squash Player's Olympic Diary: Days 1-4

James Willstrop | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

My article was published in the Huffington Post today, and I am looking forward to hearing the thoughts of the IOC; I'm sure they will take time out of their Olympic schmoozathon to read my blog.

Unequal Olympics: An Open Letter to Jacques Rogge

Peter Tatchell | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Sport
Peter Tatchell

The Olympics ought to be open to everyone, based solely on merit and without discrimination. There should be no divisions or exclusions, with equal opportunities for all competitors, regardless of their background. Any country that discriminates in sport against women or minorities should be disqualified from the 2016 Olympics.

Abuse Athletes like Zoe Smith At Your Peril

Mark Hillary | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

As the London Olympic games approached, much talk was of the Olympic Athletes' Hub and how athletes would be more connected to their fans than ever before thanks to social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

London 2012: Sponsorship and the Legacy of the Games

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

Over the seven years I have been chair of the Commission I have met a wide variety of people from NGOs and also most of the corporate sponsors to talk about issues related to the sustainability of the Games and its legacy.

A Day at the Olympics, Pluses and Minuses

Mark Perryman | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Perryman

Over the past few days I've lost count of the number of politicians decrying critics of the Olympics. Labour's newly appointed 'Olympic Legacy Adviser' Tony Blair has returned to one of his favourite themes, declaring war on cynicism.

Twitter Blamed For Haywire Olympic Coverage

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

Twitter has been blamed for disrupting the television coverage of the cycling road race. Armchair viewers were left clueless about timing and posi...