London Olympics

Host City Criticism Is The New Olympic Sport

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

The number of sports featured in the Olympic Games, for various reasons, changes constantly. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro event had 28 games, as had the previous three Olympics since 2000. In 2012, the games in London had only 26 after baseball and softball were dropped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Olympic & Paralympic Games? Excellence Divided

Mik Scarlet | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Sport
Mik Scarlet

I am positive that combining the Olympics and Paralympics would create a truly inclusive event and would get more people to see the various sports, both in person and via the media, ensuring the we begin to see disabled people becoming global celebrities on a par with Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah.

How To Be A Team GB Superfan - From The 2016 Olympic Athletes

Andrew Denham | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Sport
Andrew Denham

Just because the Olympics are taking place far from home this year doesn't mean the athletes put in any less blood, sweat, and tears. As an avid Team GB supporter, I'm passionate about keeping that London 2012 enthusiasm alive.

For Queen, Country and National Pride or a Few Thousand Extra Twitter Followers and a Stab at Strictly?

Paul Marshall | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

If we're not careful, we could soon start pretending that we're a force to be reckoned with outside of the pool, running track and show jumping arena and begin flexing our military muscle with a view to forging a new Empire. We've never quite got over the loss of the old one.

Why Not Me? Taking One for the Team

Raz Shaw | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Sport
Raz Shaw

Super Saturday. Wonderful Wednesday. Mardy Monday? The Olympics are back. And with it our once-every-four-years random patriotism and love for 50m rifle shooting and the dressage and curling (Winter Olympics. Obvs). We love curling. Sweep!! Sweeeeep!!

These 11 Cringe-Inducing Olympic Fail Videos Will Get You In The Mood For Rio

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

Years of preparation goes into the Olympics, but there are some things you simply can’t plan for. From “I can’t believe they did that” to “t...

London Was a Start, But We Still Haven't Addressed the Gender Imbalance in Sport

Jack Peat | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Sport
Jack Peat

Half of young girls believe becoming more self-conscious about their body during puberty prevents young women from playing sports once they finish school, and more than one in twenty even claimed they were teased by others for their interest in sport, leading them to quit rather than continuing into later life.

Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

If parents can have such an impact on their child's well-being surely it's time more adults begin to take responsibility for their own health, thereby encouraging their children to follow suit?

Even More Athletes Could Be Banned From The Rio Olympics Now After Doping Tests

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK

A total of 23 athletes who competed at the London Olympics have failed doping tests and more could follow in the desperate clampdown on cheating. The ...

Making Sports Fun and Accessible for All: A new Mayor who prioritises sports for every young Londoner?

Zoe Mellis | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zoe Mellis

It's no surprise that students who are estranged are at a greater disadvantage then those with supportive families. All in all, I want my society to help make the lives of estranged students at MMU a little easier, and make the MMU community a more estrangement-friendly place. And if I can manage that, then I'll be happy...

The Government Finally Has a Strategy for Sport - But They Are Setting Themselves Up to Fail

Michael Dugher | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

You might have missed it, but this week the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, published a strategy for sport on behalf of the Government. That's right - up to now they hadn't got one. But unlike many of her predecessors before last May, Tracey is a sharp cookie and thought it might be a good idea to have one.

'Government Has Made A Mockery Of Olympic Spirit', Claim Labour As Percentage Of Children Playing Sport Drops

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics

Children’s participation in sport has dropped significantly since 2010, making a “mockery” of the Olympic legacy, according to Labour. Analys...

Hang On - West Ham Got London's Olympic Stadium For *How* Much?

Gordon Bryan | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

I saw a documentary on the BBC about West Ham United's 2016 move to the London Olympic Stadium. As a sports fan I was intrigued, and by the end of the half hour, as a sports fan my jaw was on the floor...

Ten Years on From 7/7

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

A decade on from 7/7 its a day that has and is shaping things to come for my generation as we all continue to feel it's consequences - but difficulties often prove to be the most testing of times, pushing you to make choices and the 7th of July 2005 was a difficult day for London.

'What Olympic Legacy?' Labour Hits Out At Government After Sports Participation Drops

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

Britain’s Olympic spirit has been “wasted” by the Government after figures revealed participation in sport has dropped since 2012, according to ...

How Tessa Jowell Will Tackle London's Housing Crisis

Joan Ryan | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Joan Ryan

London's housing crisis is not new - but we never see it tackled with the urgency it deserves. That's why Tessa's plan is different, and that's why Tessa is different. If we want to deliver the change that London needs, we need to win, we need to have a plan, and we need someone to deliver.

UK Sport - World Class Success

David C. M. Carter | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Sport
David C. M. Carter

The UK has a well-developed model to achieve 'good', however motivating Millennials to become great will be hard without change. We have 46 Olympic sports but to get to 60 Gold medals, most incremental medals will come from 'outside the model' (such as new sports like Snowboarding). How refreshing to witness a UK sports think tank engaging with how to achieve that. It made me proud to be British.

Legacy not Pregacy

Debbie Lye | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

I am a bit of a cynic about the human and social aspects of events legacy. Energy and promise is concentrated at the planning stage. Legacy forums proliferate and good intentions blossom in the run up to events. Then after the big bang of the event there is a black hole. A better word than legacy for what so often happens might be 'pregacy'...

Changing Places or Changing People? East London Regeneration Hasn't Reduced Poverty - Just Relocated It

David Robinson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
David Robinson

Parts of this area, which less than a generation ago was one of the poorest regions in Western Europe, now has some of the highest land values in the world; of course, they are not occupied by the same families. Poverty hasn't been eliminated or even reduced. It has been relocated.

Foo Fighters Honour Our Heroes

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Eggleton

Having seen Foo Fighters numerous times over my gig going years, I knew that I wouldn't need to come up with acerbic swipes or wince inducing cutting remarks. If anything, my struggle would be to come up with new ways of saying 'awesome.'

This Blog Is Not About Sport

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

No, it's about protest, torture and death. Sport is just the backdrop. Starting with ... the Brazil Olympics in 2016 (yes, you're probably already counting the days). Given the widespread protests against the Brazil World Cup this summer, I can only suppose that there'll be further demonstrations against the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they roll into view the year after next.

Glasgow 2014 - The Legacy Question

Debbie Lye | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

Was it Erraid Davies, Scotland's youngest ever competitor (and the youngest at these Games) storming into the history books to win a Bronze medal in the SB9 100 metres Breaststroke? Jazz Carlin winning Wales' first gold in the pool for forty years? The amazing emerging talent of 16 year old Claudia Frangapane, scooping no less than 4 gold medals? Whirling dervishes in tartan? Usain Bolt clowning with the 'crazy' Hampden crowd? Kylie meets Lulu? Thousands singing in the rain with the Big Big Sing on Glasgow Green? All of those nailed Glasgow's 'best ever' hosting of the 'friendly games'.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

Time for La Tour?

Tom Mellor | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Sport
Tom Mellor

The women's Tour has been beset by problems since its creation in 1984. Whilst initially set up to run alongside the men's event as "La Grande Boucle Féminine", financial problems and interruptions ultimately led to its demise in 2009.

Legacy Is About More Than Medals

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

There is no guarantee that basketball would have become the next British Cycling even with funding but you can't just assume that the only value of a sport is to bring success at an international level. There's so much more to it than that.