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...
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.
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.
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 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.
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his Sydney 2000 Olympics bronze medal because of his involvement in doping. Armstrong
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.
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.
The Great Britain team claimed two more gold medals today putting it on course to make the London 2012 Games the best for
Judo fighter Nicholas Delpopolo has tainted the US team image after he tested positive for cannabis. However, he claimed