UK Olympics

How Did Fiji Become Rugby Sevens Masters?

Oliver Pickup | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

Fiji's rugby sevens triumph at the Rio Olympics provided one of the most absorbing narratives in the history of the Games. Here was a team from an impoverished, tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean, elevated to giant status by dominating the men's inaugural competition - and in the process winning Fiji its maiden podium finish, sparking wild, prolonged celebrations back home.

Is Technology The New Performance Enhancing Drugs?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

But there is another thing that could be just as unfair and just as advantageous, and it's being used in sports everywhere: technology. So should the public aim some of their outrage at technology like a donor of toxin-free urine aiming into a bottle? Let's see how tech is used in sports to find out.

The Only Obstacle For OCR Olympic Inclusion

Rebecca Hopkins | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Sport
Rebecca Hopkins

OCR at the Olympics wouldn't be completely new; Paris hosted the discipline in 1900 and whilst it didn't look quite as it does today, arguably, a precedent has been set. However, OCR doesn't yet have an International Governing Body, which is mandatory for IOC consideration. Consequently - and ironically - this presents the single biggest obstacle between OCR and any potential Olympic ambitions.

To Save The NHS, We Must All Take Greater Responsibility For Our Own Health

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Putting physical activity at the heart of community infrastructure is the only long-term solution to save the NHS from bankruptcy. It is time to take the bold and radical decisions to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. For the sake of our health and that of the NHS, we must all take responsibility.

Offended? That's the Price of Freedom

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

In 2008, the blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales. They protected the tender sympathies of the Anglican God against any insults whether ...

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

As an Anti-Corruption Campaigner I Know That, If You Challenge the Status Quo, You Need to Practice What You Preach

Jaimie Fuller | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Sport
Jaimie Fuller

In my previous HuffPost blog I wrote about how vital it is to me and my business, SKINS, that we live up to our brand values. Important, everyday valu...

This Pair Of Jokers Managed To Blag Their Way Into The Olympic Heroes Parade

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK

Two imposters blagged their way onto the Olympic heroes parade using #TeamGB tracksuits and plastic medals https://t.co/FB6cWm3Rvs— Sky News (@SkyNe...

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The London Olympic Homecoming Event

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK

After Monday’s Team GB and ParalympicGB homecoming parade through Manchester, it’s now London’s turn.... Where is the event? The London Heroes R...

Making History In A Flash - What Makes An Iconic Image?

Andrew Saunders | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Saunders

Marilyn Monroe's dress billowing on the subway grate, man vs. tanks in Tiananmen Square and Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower in a bayonet; each of these conjure a distinct image in our minds. It's unlikely that you witnessed any of these events first hand and yet you are able to visualise each so perfectly in your mind.

For The Olympics To Survive It Must Change, Starting Right Now

Xavier Toby | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Sport
Xavier Toby

When I think back on the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the first word that comes to my mind is "meh". I do so wish I'd been more excited.

Sport Is A Powerful Vehicle For Change

Sue Wicks | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Sport
Sue Wicks

After watching the Olympics from Rio, I wonder how many of us will decide to pull on a pair of trainers, pick up a tennis racket or put on a swimming costume? We know it's unlikely we will become the next Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray or Tom Daley, yet watching elite sport has an immense power to inspire and motivate us. Outside of the professional arena, the power of sport can also be life changing.

Dame Sarah Storey: 'My Daughter's Birth Helped Me Reach Peak Form For The Paralympics'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Dame Sarah Storey, 38, rode her way into the history books at this year’s 2016 Paralympics. Her impressive performance at Rio earned her three gold ...

Here's When The Manchester And London Olympic And Paralympic Parades Will Be

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK

Manchester and London are set to stage homecoming parades for Team GB’s triumphant Olympic and Paralympic stars in the coming weeks. Dates for the e...

Rio Paralympics 2016. Are People With Disabilities Superhuman Or Simply Human?

Luca Badetti | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Sport
Luca Badetti

As the Rio 2016 Paralympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, international attention of varying degree is being given to this second round of Olympic sport galore, involving persons who have disabilities.

Not Just A Different Sport Business, But A Sport Business Making A Difference

Jaimie Fuller | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Sport
Jaimie Fuller

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...

Bradley Wiggins And Chris Froome's Medical Data Leaked In Hack

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are among athletes whose medical information has been leaked after hackers stole files from the World Anti-Doping...

The Ten Most Amazing Sports Stadiums In The World

Ross Ayling | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Sport
Ross Ayling

Sport has never been just about playing; it's also about spectating. The start-up of the football season will see many of us yet again travel all over the country (and Europe) in support of our clubs - and we love it. If we didn't have these beautifully constructed arenas designed specifically to accommodate our live viewing experience, sport simply wouldn't be the same...

Four Paralympians Ran The 1500m Quicker Than Olympic Gold Medallist Did

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

Four Paralympians ran the 1500m in a quicker time than the Olympian who won gold did. Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka, who is visually impaired, won gold ...

Host City Criticism Is The New Olympic Sport

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.09.2017 | 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).

Why Are Paralympians Being Treated As Second Class Athletes?

Charlie Proctor | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Sport
Charlie Proctor

With the Olympics, every single sporting event was filmed by the host broadcaster and was available for audiences to watch. With the Paralympics, it has been a completely different story. There are currently no television cameras being used at all to record some sporting events including the rowing. As a result, Channel 4 resorted to sending their own camera crews out to the rowing venue so viewers in the UK could enjoy at least some sort of coverage. When a country can't even commit to providing cameras and live coverage of all sporting events, should they even be allowed to host the games?

Mo Farah 'Humiliated' At Airport But Witnesses Claim Wife Was Abusive After Arriving Late

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Tania Farah has claimed her husband, Mo, was “humiliated” at a US airport and forced to go to the back of the queue by staff who refused to believ...

What We Can Learn From The Olympic Cycling Team

Sarah Newton | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Sport
Sarah Newton

For three Olympic cycles now, Team Great Britain have delivered and continue to dominate and their mindset fascinates me. Yes, the sport is well funded, yes they have the best coaches, etc., but what these cyclists really have is a mindset edge over their competitors that we could all do with a bit more of.

The Olympic & Paralympic Games? Excellence Divided

Mik Scarlet | Posted 01.09.2017 | 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 Britain's Olympics Success Makes the Case For The Basic Income

Martin Whitlock | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Whitlock

Whether as entrepreneurs, artists, carers, inventors, makers, designers or anything else, if we are to fulfil our potential and make our contribution to society we need the time and opportunity to develop every aspect of our talents, capacities and personalities. The Universal Basic Income isn't about picking winners, but acknowledging that everybody has the capacity to win.