Olympic fears over Rio continue

ioc-docIs Rio going to be a success? Olympic insiders say it’s not guaranteed. 

Despite hopes the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are going to get their act together and many smiles and handshakes at the official Session of the International Olympic Committee in Sochi today, concerns are still mounting. Continue reading


ICF invites discussion on K2 200m future

k2vThe International Canoe Federation appeared to open the door to a discussion about what events it should ditch from the Olympic canoe-kayak programme to make way for a new women’s canoe event in 2020.

The move follows an outcry after we revealed earlier this week that the men’s K2 200m event, which debuted in London, was set for the chop. You can now have your say to the International Canoe Federation.
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ICF to drop men’s K2 200m from Olympics

k2-200mThe International Canoe Federation has voted to drop mens K2 (kayak pairs) 200m sprint racing from the Olympic programme to make way for a new women’s canoe event.

Amid what insiders describe as ‘chaotic scenes’, the shock vote at an ICF Board Meeting in Peru in November followed a long and heated debate over how to admit the women’s canoe singles 200m discipline into the Olympic programme. The vote followed a long push by campaigners to achieve greater gender equity in the sport. Continue reading

Post-Olympic blues for elite job seekers

There is growing evidence that some of the sports stars we were cheering on during the Olympic Games in London last year are in another race – for a job.

According to various media reports, many athletes have stopped competing and are now finding out that austerity Britain isn’t necessarily the best place to be looking for work.

Some say ’dozens’ of the 553 athletes who represented Team GB in London are job-hunting. At least 64 have quit their sports for a variety of reasons, while a further 24 are undecided about their futures, according to research published by the BBC. Continue reading

Sports books – what are we paying for?

Having recently reviewed the autobiography of three-time Olympic slalom champion Tony Estanguet, I spent a few days trawling the sports biography section of my local book shop. I was struck by the number of books by people whose literary skills I have good reason to question. So what do we think we’re getting when we buy a sportsperson’s autobiography?

I’ve seen the speculation that people who bought Lance Armstrong’s books may try to sue him on the basis that they were mostly a pack of lies. The BBC is reporting that some US readers are trying to launch a class action lawsuit against the disgraced cyclist. Continue reading